BMW 1800

BMW’s “Neue Klasse” (new class) was introduced in 1961 and marked the company’s first mid-range series since the Second World War, neatly bridging the gap between the top-of-the-line 501/502 and the more affordable 700s and Isettas. Heretofore, BMW had been criticized for only producing cars for bank directors and blue collar workers, with little room in between. With the demise of Borgward, which produced the mid-range Isabella model, BMW addressed the market void with its Neue Klasse and successfully built and developed the model through 1972.

The 1800 variant was introduced in 1963 with a larger 1.8-litre motor producing 90 hp. More than a mere daily commuter, these cars proved themselves remarkably competitive for racing. Among other victories, the homologated 1800Ti/SA variant won the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, and in 1966, a 2000Ti lapped the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in under 10 minutes – an outstanding achievement.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

90 bhp, 1.8-litre inline overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, rigid rear axle, front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,550 mm (100.4")

Source: RM Auctions

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