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*Please note this vehicle is titled M60165641.
An elaborately conceived and executed example of a modernized BMW 700 Sport Coupe, this vehicle was formerly owned by BMW Automobile Club of America founder Leif Anderberg. A no-expense-spared modification project completed in part by 3R Automotive, this 700 takes its performance heritage to extreme lengths with power provided by a racing-specification BMW K100 four-cylinder motorcycle engine delivering 110 hp and mated to a special five-speed manual transmission.
To handle the additional power, a roll cage was installed for safety and stiffens the 700’s unibody structure. The underpinnings were fully upgraded with a fully adjustable Koni coil-over system, and competition four-wheel disc brakes including a Tilton dual-circuit master cylinder, plus Brembo discs and calipers. The body has been aggressively massaged with custom bodywork and paint, while the luxurious yet sporting leather interior and upholstery were sourced from a later-model M3. Retaining a full heat and ventilation system, the 700 is also equipped with a high-end sound system in keeping with the extreme nature of the car.
Conceived to illustrate what an “M” specification 700 Coupe would possibly look and perform like if the model were still in production today, this exciting and unique vehicle is equally ready for club races, rallies, or sheer fun. The result of hard-core BMW passion and some 10 years of work performed by top racing builders and fabricators at a cost of nearly $100,000 to complete, it is complete with records and receipts. The original matching-numbers engine (165641) further accompanies the sale of this high-performance vehicle at auction.
The BMW 700 Performance Heritage
Immediately after its release for public sale in 1959, the popular basic BMW 700 adapted itself readily to sporting use and racing, with BMW’s motorcycle-derived 697 cc two-cylinder “boxer” engine highly responsive to performance tuning. Twin carburetors, hotter camshaft profiles, and free-flowing exhaust systems easily brought output to a stout 50 hp and often much more, endowing the little BMW with outstanding, “giant-killing” performance that often erased Abarth’s dominance of small-bore racing classes and, in the right hands, challenged even Porsche’s 550 Spyder and RSK racers.
While often underrated, the BMW 700 was incredibly successful in hill climbs, on rally stages, and racing circuits, especially in purpose-built 700 RS form. At 60 years of age, prewar Grand Prix legend Hans Stuck demonstrated his prowess to a new generation with a BMW 700 Coupe by clinching the prestigious German Hillclimb Championship. Other successful BMW 700 pilots included 1961 German Circuit Champion Walter Schneider and touring car ace Hubert Hahne, who was particularly effective with the 700 Coupe. Drawing on this outstanding competition pedigree, the 1960 BMW 700 Coupe offered here provides a fascinating and fun glimpse into what BMW’s “M” Motorsport department might have achieved themselves with the 700 and an unlimited budget today.