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According to the consignor, this Florida Green and brown example, retaining its original color scheme, was delivered new to California and enjoyed single ownership in Santa Monica from 1969 to 1998. It was then sold to Edward Kurek of Ontario, Canada. Mr. Kurek performed an exacting restoration focused on the car’s mechanical refurbishment, paint, and trim. The interior’s original seats and door panels were retained, while a new headliner and carpeting were installed. In 2003, the vehicle was sold by Mr. Kurek to a Colorado-based collector of classic BMWs, and there, it formed part of a significant collection.
In spring 2013, this great little car successfully completed a 300-mile tour of the Texas Hill Country. It has proven to be a great touring car, always reliable, and with a particularly good driving feel. It has also been a regular participant at enjoyable Cars and Coffee gatherings and local shows. Continuing to benefit from its driver-quality restoration, the BMW’s engine compartment shows beautifully, and the interior, paint, and undercarriage are nicely detailed. All major components are reported to work, including the desirable original Blaupunkt AM radio. The car is complete with an owner’s manual, service booklet, tool kit, jack, spare, plus coco floor mats, a BMW scarf and umbrella, as well as a file folder containing history and service records. Very rare – especially in the uncommon condition of the example offered here – the 1600 is often the subject of prolonged searches by committed BMW marque aficionados. One of the finest examples available today, it marks a simply exceptional opportunity.
The Sporting 1600-2/1602
A stunning success from launch, BMW’s “New Class” sedan design provided the foundation for the venerable Bavarian automaker’s growth, proving incredibly versatile throughout the 1960s and well into the 1970s. The 1600-2, later known alternatively as the “1602,” debuted at Geneva in 1966 and added a welcome dash of sportiness to complement BMW’s highly competent but more conservatively tailored four-door sedans. Clean, relatively unadorned, and purposeful, the 1600-2 benefitted from the stylistic influence of Giovanni Michelotti, whose design consultation with BMW began with the earlier 700 line. It is also reportedly the product of suggestions made by New York importer Max Hoffman.
Powered by BMW’s excellent M10 four- cylinder engine and utilizing BMW’s proven all-independent suspension with front disc, rear drum brakes, the 1600-2/1602 series was almost universally praised by road testers for its outstanding driving experience and excellent value. Production continued through 1975; and, today, all surviving examples are cherished for their purity of design and outstanding driving dynamics.