Monday, March 8, 2010

1969 BMW 2000 Automatic

Last week, in a post about a Volvo 122S, I mentioned that I have some very "car geek" friends who prefer automatics.

The Volvo, while a very nice car, is not everyone's idea of a cool classic. Here's an alternative.

The 2000 was part of BMW's Neue Klasse of cars that started production in 1962 with the 1500 and ended with the 2002 in 1977.

The 2000 was the last of the Neue Klasse 4 door cars. Introduced in 1966, it was discontinued with the introduction of the 5 Series in 1972.

This 2000 is a remarkable survivor. All the cars in this class rusted badly. The 2000, along with the 1800 sedan and 1602 coupe, were, for the most part, overshadowed by the legendary 2002 (which, for all intents and purposes, was a 1602 with a 2000 engine in it). These cars were rarely tucked away for later restoration. This car survived and, it would appear, was driven recently. The body is rust free, although it has some dents, is missing its grill and looks to have had some work done to it in the past. A thorough inspection would be a good idea.

The automatic transmission is not something often found on Neue Klasse cars. Also not often found on these cars is air conditioning. This one has an aftermarket unit with some components mounted in the trunk. There are vents located on the rear parcel shelf. Interesting, but I suspect it's not very effective.

This car is being offered by a Santee, CA, based Volkswagen specialist. (If you're a fan of old VW buses, check out their website.) They took the car in as payment for work they did. They've done a nice job describing the car. They are not BMW specialists and at one point write, "Keep in mind that Volkswagens are our specialty." It's refreshing to see an honest ad like this.

I know the automatic will turn off most of the readers of this blog. That's understandable. But, for the number of car geeks and budding car geeks who just can't, or don't want to drive a stick, this might be the perfect car.

This is a no reserve auction. Click here to see the eBay listing.

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