1967 BMW 1600TI Alpina  Chassis no. 1583237

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Lot 563
1967 BMW 1600TI Alpina
Registration no. NEG 89E Chassis no. 1583237

£ 6,000 - 9,000
US$ 7,900 - 12,000
1967 BMW 1600TI Alpina
Registration no. NEG 89E
Chassis no. 1583237
The foundation of BMW's post-war resurgence was the four-door 1500 saloon and its derivatives, the company capitalising on this success with the launch of a revised two-door range in 1966. Like the earlier cars, the new 1600 (later 1602) featured unitary construction, all-independent suspension and front disc brakes, and came with a 1,573cc, 85bhp version of the Munich marque's dependable, single-overhead-camshaft, four-cylinder engine. Rebuilding the sporting image it had enjoyed in the 1930s, BMW commissioned the German firm of Alpina to produce tuned versions for competition use. Originally exported to Brazil, this 1600TI is believed to be one of three BMWs prepared by Alpina for rallying in South America. Re-discovered and shipped back to the UK several years ago, the car is highly original and remains essentially as found, though it has since been repainted black (from original white) and fitted with Alpina wheels. In addition to the Alpina-developed engine, the car boasts special ventilated front disc brakes, five-speed close-ratio gearbox, long-range fuel tank, and additional instruments including fuel pressure gauge and original Halda Speedpilot. Suspension modifications include adjustable roll bar and Bilstein shock absorbers. Sports seats - very rare - are fitted to the interior, while the front chin spoiler and Zender wheelarches are probably 1970s modifications. Reported as enormous fun to drive, this 'time warp' 1960s competition car represents an ideal opportunity to acquire a relatively inexpensive entry-level vehicle suitable for historic racing/rallying. Offered with current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5.
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