I’ve decided to start a blog to chronicle the purchase, use in Europe and importation of an exquisite 1966 BMW 1800 with an original 45,000 km. This car series, starting with the 1500 model launched in 1962, was known as the “Neue Klasse” (New Class) and essentially brought BMW back from the brink of bankruptcy. Imagine that!
Below are some pictures of the car. The car is currently for sale at Stehling Automotive in Berlin and has been thoroughly restored in 2008. It is a 2 owner car manufactured December 20th, 1965 and delivered on June 16th, 1966 (it was first destined for France but then truned around back to Germany), to the BMW dealer Staschel in Bremerhaven.
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The original owner kept it until 1987 when he passed it to the second owner (they were related) who only used for 3 months and then sat unused until Stehling acquired it in 2005.
I am currently awaiting the results of a test drive by a local BMW Veteranen (Classic) club of Germany member before pulling the trigger to buy the car. An initial and thorough visual inspection by the same person revealed it is a car in exceptional condition so I don’t expect any surprises.
My plan is to pick it up in Berlin April 8th. The next day give it a shake down drive while touring the Berlin area and then depart for Essen, 530 kms. away, on the 10th, to visit Techno Classica, the largest classic car show in Europe. Then that same evening head out to Brussels to stay with friends Sunday and finally ship the car out from the Zeebrugge port on Monday, returning home on Tuesday.
I expect the next update to be in the next 7 days once I confirm the engine and the gearbox condition and finalize the trip’s details.