Monday, May 7, 2012

1967 BMW 2000CS

Until Chris Bangle's BMWs started hitting the streets in the mid-1990s, this was considered the most controversially styled modern BMW.

The 2000CS was designed by Karmann and BMW's Wilhelm Hofmeister. From the nose rearward, it was considered a great design. (This was the first BMW to really accentuate the "Hofmeister kink", the low forward bend in the C-pillar. It is still a BMW styling cue today.) It was the nose itself that caused the controversy. Some found it blunt and aggressive looking, others found it just plain awful looking.

Based on BMW's Neue Klasse (New Class) platform, the 2000cs was built by Karmann. Worldwide there were 2 versions available; the 2000C and 2000CS. Both used BMW's 2.0 liter M10 engine. In the CS it had twin carbs and produced 120 HP. Between 1965 and 1969 13,691 Neue Klasse 2000 Coupes were built.

The seller of this 2000CS is vague in his description of the car. He writes; "runs and drives, excellent frame and decent body."

It's the "decent body" line that worries me. Like many cars built by Karmann in the 1960s, rust is the big enemy of the 2000CS. While mechanical parts, which are shared with much of the other Neue Klasse cars, are easy to find and relatively inexpensive, body parts, many of which which are not shared with the rest of the Neue Klasse cars, are not as easy to find and can be very expensive. (I don't see a lot of rust or body damage in the pictures. The hood, which is front hinged, is obviously one problem.)

According to one website, there are less than 1000 running / driving 2000 Coupes left in the world. If you're looking for a unique BMW, this car is worth checking out.

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, click here to see the Kijiji listing.

A big thanks to Eneson for sending me the link to this car!

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