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Coachwork by Karmann
Quite rare today, this striking 1968 BMW 2000 CS possesses a documented history dating to early 1976 when the vehicle was registered in Milan to Meroni Ugo Teresio. In 1983, the vehicle was sold to Jan-Olof Ekelin of Sweden, a BMW Club Sweden member who thoroughly restored the car to concours-quality standards during the late 1980s.
Following completion, Mr. Ekelin entered the BMW into BMW Club Sweden shows. In 1988, the car received three Second Place awards. In the Original Class, the car garnered 22 votes, losing by just one vote. It was also Second in the Most Beautiful Class and placed Second to the Best in Show entry. In addition, the CS was the cover subject of the Club’s Bayerisches Blatt newsletter. Next, the BMW was awarded First Place in the Veteran Class and a creditable Second in the Coupe Class at the Club’s 1990 Concours d’Elegance held at Sweden’s Knutstorp racing circuit.
In summer 1999, Mr. Ekelin sold the BMW to an American collector, and it formed part of a carefully assembled classic BMW collection for over 14 years.
Complete with a wonderfully detailed dossier, including correspondence, ownership documents dating to 1976, restoration information, BMW Club Sweden show information (1988 and 1990), shipping and negotiation correspondence and documents (1999), ownership documents, and copies of numerous American and European magazine articles on the 2000 CS, this matching- numbers 1968 BMW 2000 CS marks a rare and exciting find at auction.
In short, it is a beautifully restored and presented example of the sporting luxury coupes that defined the beginning of BMW’s growing challenge to archrival Mercedes-Benz for domination of Europe’s luxury marketplace during the 1960s.
The BMW 2000 CS
Based upon BMW’s landmark four- cylinder “Neue Klasse” sedans, the 2000 CS succeeded the V-8 3200 CS as BMW’s image leader for 1965. Featuring distinctive bodywork penned by Wilhelm Hofmeister, the 2000 CS made a unique visual statement. A 1,990 cc development of BMW’s groundbreaking M10 SOHC “four” powered the 2000 CS with twin Solex carburetors and generated 120 hp. Fully independent underpinnings delivered sporting handling. Introduced prior to the 2000 sedan, the 2000 CS body shell was built by Karmann at Osnabrück, Germany, with production continuing through 1969. Universally praised in period road tests for its quality and outstanding driving dynamics, the 2000 CS was also the progenitor of BMW’s famed 2800 CS, 3.0 CS, and 635 CSi sporting coupes that followed through the 1970s and late 1980s.