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Lot 19

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1965 BMW 700 LS Coupe

SOLD $35,200

Estimate

$25,000 - $35,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

180538

Engine

703310

Car Highlights

Rarest and Most Desirable 700 Variation
One of Just 1,730 Originally Manufactured
“Long-Back” Sport Coupe from Last Production Year
Top Dual-Carbureted Engine and Extended Wheelbase
Properly Presented with Correct Mechanicals
Original Glass and Date-Coded Wheels Including Spare
Complete with Original Manual, Import Documentation, Tools, and Jack

Technical Specs

697 CC Air-Cooled 2-Cylinder Boxer Engine
Twin Solex Downdraft Carburetors
40 HP at 5,300 RPM
4-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Independent Rear Suspension with Swing Arms and Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled 1964.

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Hailing from the final model year for the BMW 700 line, this example, which is often known informally by some BMW enthusiasts as a “Long-Tail Sport Coupe,” is one of only 1,730 examples produced, making it the rarest of all BMW 700 road-car configurations. The late-production Coupe’s amenities comprised carpeted floors, a laminated wood-grain dash treatment, and improved seating. Of particular importance, this example is powered by a correct 40 hp 697 cc engine using correct twin Solex carburetors.

This beautifully restored example was imported to the US from Germany during early 2010, a few years after it was refreshed by BMW marque professionals. Nicely finished in light green exterior paintwork over light upholstery, the 700 is well presented and complete with correct mechanicals; date-coded wheels, including the spare; original glass; tools; a jack with crank; and a highly desirable period Blaupunkt radio. It is further accompanied by an original driver’s manual, import documentation, and original BMW spare parts and service booklets.

A highly desirable and sporting final-series example of BMW’s successful and important model line, this 700 from 1965 remains highly sought-after as an unqualified cult icon among BMW aficionados and vintage motor sports fans alike.

The Final BMW 700 Series

Apart from its strong commercial success, the 700 series was remarkably adaptable to German buyers’ growing demands during the early 1960s for improved passenger space, content, and performance. From early 1962, the 700 Sedan, alternatively known as the Limousine, received a wheelbase extension and a lengthened rear-body section delivering additional rear-passenger comfort. By February 1963, the 700’s two-cylinder engine received a slight power boost. While selling well, BMW began slowly phasing out the 700 and directing more factory capacity to the “Neue Klasse” 1500 series, and production of the 700 and 700 Coupe ended in May1964, succeeded by one interesting final model.

Combining the basic two-door coupe body with the longer-wheelbase LS Limousine chassis, the resulting 700 LS Coupe debuted at Frankfurt in September 1964. The body shells were lengthened to fit the chassis with an additional rear section grafted in by the Baur coachbuilding company, and flatter rear-window glass was fitted. All of the new cars were powered by the top 40 hp, twin-carbureted “boxer” engine. When its production run ended in November 1965, just 1,730 of these sporty, final 700-series models were built.