Lot 156: BMW 2800 Saloon
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.
BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles|
Bonhams, BMW Museum, Munich, Germany
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€21850|
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