1972 BMW 2000
Lot 385¤
Reported to have been delivered new to Academy Award winning actress Ellen Burstyn,1968 BMW 2000c Coupe
Sold for US$ 550 inc. premium
Lot Details
Reported to have been delivered new to Academy Award winning actress Ellen Burstyn
1968 BMW 2000c Coupe
Coachwork by Karmann
2,000cc SOHC inline four-cylinder engine
100bhp at 5,500rpm
Three-speed automatic transmission
Four wheel independent suspension with coil springs
Front disk brakes and rear drums

-Rust free example of a seldom seen model
-Great starting point for restoration or a race car
-Well preserved original interior
-Many extra parts included
-Interesting provenance

The 2000c Coupe

The BMW "New Class" Series of cars were introduced in 1962. These compact, well built and fun to drive cars became a model for this type of car for decades to come. The 2002 version, which was most famous in America, remains a cult car today. The excellent chassis featured rear drive with fully independent suspension and front disk brakes. The fine four-cylinder BMW powerplant was offered in several sizes but the two liter was the most potent and tunable.

BMW wanted to offer a more upscale GT type coupe based on the "New Class" platform, so they turned to German coachbuilder Karmann to produce these new coupes. The new coupe has been rumored to be penned in house, however, it has also been attributed to Michelotti. The European spec model was dramatic with its faired in lamps and striking front end.

Regardless, the stylish coupe combined with BMW's brilliant two liter motor made a compelling package and its sales were only hampered by its premium price. The 2000c would eventually serve as the basis for the legendary BMW E9 coupes. BMW lengthened the car to allow for the six-cylinder engine creating one of their most iconic post war models.

The Motorcar Offered

Understood to have been purchased new by Academy Award winning actress Ellen Burstyn, shortly after commencing a ground up restoration on the Bimmer, the work was halted. A good, straight, rust-free example which was to be restored to a high standard, the car's paint was stripped and the car is in primer. The drive train has been removed and disassembled. The original dark blue textured vinyl interior is in very nice shape. Many extra parts were also acquired in preparation for the restoration and are included with the car.

These cars are seldom seen today and have excellent potential in the market as interest in the BMW brand has taken off in recent years. It offers its new owner a clean slate, a chance to finish this BMW exactly as he/she wishes.

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