1965  BMW  3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76466 Engine no. 41513

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Lot 48
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone Chassis no. 76466 Engine no. 41513

Sold for € 51,750 (US$ 57,230) inc. premium
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. 76466
Engine no. 41513
*One of approximately 540 made
*Delivered new in Germany
*Restored in 2014/2015
*Spanish registered

BMW recommenced car production in 1952 with the introduction of the upmarket 501 saloon, a strange choice for an impoverished country still recovering from the ravages of war. The 501 had been announced in 1951 and first appeared with a development of the company's famous six-cylinder engine of pre-war days, gaining a much needed performance boost, in the form of a 2.6-litre overhead-valve V8, in 1954. Subsequently enlarged to 3,168cc, this advanced all-aluminium unit was used to power the successor 502 saloon, the 503 coupé/cabriolet and the legendary Albrecht Goertz-designed 507 sports car. While the latter is universally recognised as an all-time classic, Goertz's 503 looks ponderous in comparison, although with 140bhp on tap it was certainly no slouch, boasting a top speed of 180km/h.

With BMW redirecting its efforts towards the medium-size market sector, on which its future prosperity would be founded, the days of these large, fast and luxurious motorcars were numbered. Their last glorious flowering was the 503's replacement, the 3200 CS Coupé, for whose body the German manufacturer turned to the Italian Carrozzeria Bertone. The company's flagship model, the 3200 CS debuted at the 1961 Frankfurt Motor Show and was one of the first BMWs to be equipped with front disc brakes. The V8 engine now produced 160bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of 125mph. Approximately 540 examples of the 3200 CS Coupé were produced between 1961 and 1965, and today this rare model remains one of BMW's more under-appreciated classics.

This BMW 3200 CS was first registered in April 1965 by Auto Handels GmbH in Bielefeld, Germany and was sold by them on 30th April '65 to Fleischwarenfabrik Richard Beune & Co in Landkreis Halle. In October 1969 the BMW was sold to Dr Otto Bennemann in Gütersloh, who kept it for almost 20 years before selling it to Mr Bodo Mück in Kassel, Germany in 1989. Mr Mück kept the car for several years, recording service details for the period 1991-1998. More recently, the BMW moved to Spain where it was restored in 2014/2015, retaining its original and nicely patinated dark red leather interior.

Serviced in August 2015 (invoice on file), this most stylish coupé comes with Spanish registration papers; sundry restoration/service invoices, mainly from the 1990s; and its old Kraftfahrzeugbrief listing previous owners.
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1965  BMW  3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76466 Engine no. 41513
1965  BMW  3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76466 Engine no. 41513
1965  BMW  3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76466 Engine no. 41513
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