1963 BMW 700 S CABRIOLET
Following World War II, there was widespread devastation to German industry. This led to shortages for all kinds of products, including automobiles. BMW began filling the void in the market for small, efficient cars with the Isetta microcar in 1956. Later that decade, BMW introduced a larger car, the 700, powered by a two cylinder, rear mounted engine. There were three body styles, a two door saloon, two door coupe and a convertible, which we currently offer for sale.
The BMW 700 was the first BMW with a monocoque structure. The convertible models were equipped with Solex carburetors giving the convertibles 10 horsepower more then the coupe.
Only 2985 convertibles have been built between 1961 and 1964.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This specific BMW has been restored and was for a long period in a museum in the United States.
When the car was imported in Europe, it went to a Dutch collector who had a storage problem and therefore decided to trade in a large quantity of small cars on a very expensive car from our collection.
The car has been used once in a while by the former owner and therefore the car is amongst it’s beautiful looks also a very nice driving example.
He sold the car with a bit of rejection to us as it was 1 of his most adorable “small” cars because he had never seen such a BMW 700 due the fact as he only knew this car from books.
As the collector always wants a car with a story he wanted to have this car in his collection because without the introduction of the BMW 700 there was a big chance that BMW should not exist anymore nowadays, it is a therefore a nice addition to every serious classic car collection.
The paint is very nice on this BMW with high gloss and smooth coverage throughout. The panel fit is very sound, exhibiting very good closure for doors, hood and trunk, and good gapping.
It is clear that the BMW has been taken properly apart when the body was restored/resprayed as there are no signs of paint on or just under rubbers.
The rubbers are all in a nice condition and not dried out.
The same attention has been given to the chrome and aluminium parts. Only the aluminium strip on the boot show some minor scratches but this is a nice patina.
The bumpers are in a very nice and extremely shiny condition.
The lighting, windows and lenses are all in a very good to excellent condition.
During the restoration, the former owner choose for a red interior which combines absolutely fantastic with the dark blue exterior color.
The seat covers are very nice and properly fitting. The carpet is also nice and fitting well.
The instruments are beautifully finished with excellent trim, color, details, and clear lenses. The steering wheel is also in excellent condition as are the surrounding switches, door handles and window cranks.
Actually the interior is in the same quality as the exterior.
The sporting qualities of the BMW 700 came out quite clearly from the start, shortly after the beginning of production in July 1959: The first Coupés were to be admired on the track before the end of the year, for example in the Sahara-Lappland Rally.
In 1960 BMW’s fast Coupés brought home both gold medals and titles, Hans Stuck clinching the German Hill-Climbing Championship once again at the wheel of a BMW 700 at the age of 60.
This clearly created significant demand among many customers for an even more powerful engine, with the big day coming in summer 1961, when BMW proudly presented the BMW 700 Sport to the press at the Nürburgring Race Track.
With its compression ratio increased to 9:1, an even more dynamic camshaft and Solex twin-carburettors supplying the fuel, the two-cylinder boxer engine now developed 40 hp at 5,700 rpm.
This sporting package was rounded off by an optional sports gearbox and an even harder suspension featuring firmer dampers and an anti-roll torsion bar. The power unit, in turn, was sufficient for acceleration to 100 km/h in just under 20 seconds and a top speed of 135 km/h or 84 mph which was amazing for the small boxer engine.
The most exclusive model in the BMW 700 range, the convertible came as standard with the more powerful engine as described above.
For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
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