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This original US-specification 1970 BMW 2000 Sedan was purchased new by Mr. Raymond A. Baum of Piscataway, New Jersey, from import dealer Continental Motors in Plainfield, New Jersey. From the vehicle’s purchase, Mr. Baum fastidiously kept service and parts invoices; and additionally, he hand-documented all work performed and parts purchased, including such wear items as tires and wiper blades, in a hardbound logbook. Clearly, Mr. Baum and his wife Mary Ellen, whose name appears on several of the service invoices, cherished their BMW and provided exceptional care for it throughout their tenure.
The Baums brought the BMW with them when they moved to Illinois in early 1973, where the car was primarily serviced by Motor Werks of Barrington, which remains in business today. On October 6, 1975, at 52,140 miles, the BMW received Ziebart rustproofing, and the corresponding certificate remains on file to confirm.
During June 1986, the BMW suffered its first indignity, having been bumped from the rear while the car was parked. Only after the car returned home did the Baums discover that the left rear taillight and nearby fender were damaged. In typical fashion, the insurance claim and bodywork (performed by Body Werks of Barrington) documents were carefully filed. Subsequently, body-panel adjustments, selective and carefully matched paint refinishing, and continued thorough maintenance defined the excellent care lavished on the BMW by the Baums.
After some 30 years on October 14, 2001, Mr. and Mrs. Baum finally sold their cherished 2000 Sedan to a passionate BMW collector. Before the car left Illinois, however, the Werk Shop of Lake Bluff was commissioned to perform a painstaking and correct conversion of the car from its original automatic transmission to a four-speed manual unit, further enhancing the BMW’s decidedly sporting driving experience. As before, fully detailed work invoices document the job and the part numbers used in the project, which included the sourcing of a correct gearbox, that was rebuilt prior to installation. Following delivery of the car to its second owner in late January 2002, the BMW joined an exceptionally well-curated private collection of BMW’s landmark models.
Complete with full service and repair history from new, this two-owner 1970 BMW 2000 sedan retains the original matching-numbers engine, body, and chassis. It is further accompanied by all original owner’s handbooks in a pouch, a rare original dealer brochure, a date-coded spare, original jack, and the aforementioned historical file, including invoices, correspondence, and Mr. Baum’s handwritten journal.
A rare sight in North America, particularly in such well-preserved condition, this BMW 2000 sedan is a wonderful example of one of the foundational models upon which BMW’s remarkable modern success story was built.
The BMW's Landmark "Neue Klasse"
BMW attacked the crucial small-sedan market of the 1960s by creating an all-new car with an all-new engine, something not done at BMW since 1933. The resulting “Neue Klasse” 1500 sedan debuted at the 1961 Frankfurt Show featuring rigid monocoque construction, fully independent suspension, and BMW’s new M10 SOHC four- cylinder engine. Immediately successful, the 1500 thoroughly revitalized BMW and quickly grew into the 2.0-liter 2000 sedan, debuting for 1966 as a more upscale companion to the 1800, with production continuing to 1972.