1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365

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1964 BMW 700A
Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365

Sold for AU$ 9,775 (US$ 6,895) inc. premium
1964 BMW 700A
Chassis no. 891365
Engine no. 891365
Replacing the BMW 600 in 1959, the 700 was the first BMW model built with a monocoque chassis and was first announced in both two-door sedan and coupe versions, with a convertible added subsequently. The rear-mounted flat twin cylinder motor was based on the 600 and displaced 697cc, had a single Solex 34PCI carburettor and developed 30 bhp. Improved brakes and rack and pinion steering made endowed the 700 with excellent driving characteristics. Introduced at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 700 was well received in Germany and performed well in motorsport, with Hans Stuck winning the 1960 German Hillclimb Championship in one, while Walter Schneider took out the 1961 German Saloon Car title. Later variants included the 700 Sport, with twin carburettors, and the Luxus on a longer (2,280mm) wheelbase. The final version was the 700 LS model of 1964, with more power and equipment. In total, 188,211 were built in five years of production but relatively few survive today and they are a rare sighting in Australia.

The early history of this 1964 700, one of 421 right-hand drive examples built that year, isn't well documented but it was originally sold in England and subsequently turned up with a Melbourne hairdresser in the 1980s. The next owner, an elderly fellow of German parentage, drove the car on a daily basis until he passed away, after which it was laid-up. The next owner bought the BMW in 1997 and spent three years recommissioning what was clearly a remarkably original car, sorting the electrics and rebuilding the brakes. The car has a string of concours awards to its credit, including Best in Show at the 2009 BMW Club Nationals and at the 2008 German Autofest again took out top honours. Currently unregistered, the BMW comes with a Blue Slip if sold within NSW.
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1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
1964 BMW 700A  Chassis no. 891365 Engine no. 891365
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