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Lot 156: BMW 2800 Saloon

BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles, Bonhams (1 October 2011)

BMW returned to six-cylinder power for its range-topping luxury models in 1968 with the launch of the 2500/2800 saloons and the 2800CS coupé. Known as the 'New Six', these cars featured unitary construction bodyshells while the all-independent suspension by means of McPherson struts at the front and semi-trailing arms at the rear was carried over from the successful four-cylinder range. Smoothness personified and remarkably frugal, the new six-cylinder M30 engine was likewise a development of the existing 'four', retaining the latter's chain-driven single overhead camshaft but enjoying the benefits of a new combustion chamber. Servo-assisted all-disc braking was a standard feature while automatic transmission and power steering were available as options. There were also long-wheelbase versions in the range and a special USA-only 'Bavaria' sedan, which combined the lower specification, and thus lighter, 2500 chassis with the 2800 engine in true 'hotrod' style. With 148bhp on tap the 2500 was good for a top speed of 110mph with the 2800 a shade faster. This un-restored 2800 had covered only 38 'delivery' kilometres from new before being consigned to long-term storage as part of the owner's private collection. Finished in Tundra metallic (green) and preserved in 'time warp' condition, the car will require re-commissioning before returning to the road following its lengthy sojourn in store. Offered with Fahrzeugbrief.

Lot Details
Auction BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles
Bonhams, BMW Museum, Munich, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number156
Estimate€10000-€20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€19000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€21850
Year1972
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number2306713
Engine number2306713
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors