1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595

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Lot 272
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé

£ 60,000 - 70,000
US$ 84,000 - 99,000
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Registration no. FKJ 452C
Chassis no. 76533
Engine no. 41595
*The property of John Surtees, CBE
*Imported from the USA
*Left-hand drive
*Restored in 1991/1992
*Negligible use since restoration

Footnotes

  • 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 115mph.

    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 left-hand drive, manual transmission BMW 3200 CS was imported from the USA. It was in need of care and attention, with some rust visible. The car was given to two associated companies that were recommended and understood to have the necessary expertise and experience for carrying out a restoration. This entailed stripping the body back to bare metal, treating the rust and repainting it. The car was totally dismantled for this purpose and rebuilt, including the engine and gearbox, with mechanical components serviced and replaced wherever it was considered necessary by the restorers. The car was then assembled doing the same for all the ancillaries, while the interior leather, etc was serviced and treated by a specialist in classic German cars. The BMW was driven back from Watford following the restoration's completion in 1992 and has travelled a negligible distance since then. New tyres have been fitted recently.
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1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
1965 BMW 3200 CS Coupé  Chassis no. 76533 Engine no. 41595
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