Bonhams : 1968 BMW 1600 GT Coupé
1968 BMW 1600 GT Coupé

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Lot 448
1968 BMW 1600 GT Coupé

Sold for € 25,300 (US$ 27,938) inc. premium
1968 BMW 1600 GT Coupé
Carrosserie de Carrozzeria Frua
Châssis n° W331667
Moteur n° W001667

Lorsque BMW racheta Glas en 1966, la Glas GT fut refondue afin de recevoir le moteur BMW 1 573 cm3 à 1 ACT donnant ainsi naissance à la BMW 1600 GT. Plus connu pour avoir produit et réussi la microcar Goggomobil, Hans Glas avait vu grand et lancé en 1963 la jolie GT dessinée par Frua. Cette nouveauté qui se distinguait par sa construction monocoque, ses suspensions avant indépendantes par triangles superposés et ses freins avant à disque était proposée en versions 1 300 et 1 700 cm3. Le volume de production n'atteignit jamais le seuil de rentabilité et les problèmes financiers qui s'ensuivirent débouchèrent sur le rachat de la marque par BMW. En même temps que son propre moteur, BMW introduisit une suspension arrière indépendante à la place de l'essieu rigide oscillant, ainsi que quelques retouches de style dont la calandre en « double haricot » caractéristique de la marque bavaroise. La production en fut arrêtée après 1968 et la 1600 GT demeure une des plus rares BMW de l'après guerre.

Restaurée en partie entre 2006 et 2013, cette 1600 GT acquise par son actuel propriétaire en 2008 affiche au compteur 33 400 km. La voiture a été repeinte (en 2006), les moquettes rénovées, l'électricité refaite et les carburateurs revus (en 2013). Le moteur a une bonne pression d'huile, ne surchauffe pas et ne consomme pas d'huile. Peinte en gris métallisé avec intérieur d'origine en vinyle noir, la voiture présentée comme étant en bon état général est accompagnée de sa carte grise française normale.

1968 BMW 1600GT Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua
Chassis no. W331667
Engine no. W001667

When BMW acquired Glas in 1966, it re-engineered the Glas GT to accommodate its own 1,573cc overhead-camshaft engine to create the BMW 1600GT. Best known for producing the successful Goggomobil micro-car, Hans Glas' ambitious expansion plans had seen the company launch the pretty Frua-bodied GT in 1963. The newcomer featured unitary construction, double-wishbone independent front suspension and front disc brakes, and was available in 1,300cc and 1,700cc variants. Production volume never reached an economic level, leading to financial difficulties that resulted in the company's sale to BMW. As well as its own engine, BMW incorporated independent rear suspension, replacing the original live axle. There were also some minor styling changes, including the adoption of BMW's trademark 'twin kidney' front grille. Production was discontinued after 1968 and the 1600GT remains one of the rarest of post-war BMWs.

Partially restored between 2006 and 2013, this 1600GT was purchased by the current owner in 2008 and currently displays a total of 33,400 kilometres on the odometer. We are advised that the car has been re-sprayed (in 2006), the carpets renewed, electrics overhauled and carburettors rebuilt (in September 2013). The engine is said to maintain good oil pressure and regulation water temperature, and does not use any oil. Finished in grey metallic with original black vinyl interior, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with French Carte Grise normale.

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