Stepping even a bit further back in BMW’s timeline, today we have a Neue Klasse Coupe. The E120 was as evolution of the Bertone 3200CS design from the early 1960s, but BMW’s design head – one very famous Mr. Wilhelm Hofmeister – certainly added his own distinctive flair. However, he wasn’t alone – some of the most famous car designers from the period had influence – from the aforementioned Bertone, Giugiaro, and of course Michelotti (designer of the 700 series as well) all had a hand.
While the lines looked exotic, underneath the chassis and drivetrain were borrowed straight from the more pedestrian Neue Klasse sedans. Power came from the venerable 2.0 inline-4 M10 fed by twin Solex carbs. The CS had the higher compression (9.3:1) 120 horsepower version, while the C and CA made due with 100. This was still a huge step for BMW, who lacked the capability to produce the complex body structure on its normal assembly lines. As a result, like its successors the E9 and early E24 models, the 2000C, CA and CS Coupes would be produced by Karmann in OsnabrÃ¼ck. A total of approximately 13,691 were produced between its 1965 launch and the takeover of the 2800CS introduction in 1968.
So, they’re old, a bit quirky-looking by BMW standards, and rare. That certainly makes for the potential for a collector car! And this one is claimed to be a mostly original survivor, to boot:
When my father started his foray into German cars, I was a young teenager. The first car he bought was a 1982 BMW 633CSi; to my eyes, still a beautiful car. Shortly after that he bought a companion 1985 635CSi automatic; and even though that car wasn’t quite as pretty as the earlier shark and was an automatic, it was much more fun to drive. It wasn’t because of the displacement increase in the motor, but rather the changeover to E28 mechanicals that really transformed the E24 from what was a stunning looker into a real driver’s car. These later 6s usually carry a bit of a premium over the early models, though truth be told the E24 market is really in a state of fluctuation where you can buy great looking cars for a steal or see very overpriced examples that need work. Currently falling into the former category is today’s black over cream 1986 model, sporting lower miles and the all-important 5-speed manual:
Today I found another not real AMG, this time a 380SEC, and you know what? I’m just not sure that I care that it’s not a “real” AMG because – well, just look at it. In all of it’s white glory, this Pearlesant AMG replica with Pentas and brown leather just looks so perfect, I can easily forget that it doesn’t have any monster motor in it. That memory lapse would undoubtedly be assisted by the quite low price this big coupe is being offered at. Take a look for yourself:
Model: 380 SEC
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Mileage: 117,014 mi
Price: $ 6,888 Buy It Now
1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SEC
AMG HAMMER BODY SCULPTURE
You are looking at a rare hard to find 380SEC with a one of a kind AMG HAMMER body sculpture. This 380SEC has a beautiful Pearl White exterior along with a unique Dark Brown interior. In addition to the exterior upgrades there was also a AMG HAMMER steering wheel added to the interior to give it a sportier feel. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this masterpiece.
117,014 CARFAX CERTIFIED MILES!!!!!!!
Thats only 3,774 miles per year!!!!!!!!
For more information feel free to contact Private Collection Motors,INC at 949-791-2167. Thank you and happy bidding
Lower miles, great condition, period correct modifications; this car strikes me as all win. So what if it doesn’t have the big motor? That just saves you from some even bigger bills down the road repairing it. This strikes me as one of the best deals we’ve featured on Tuner Tuesday to date; for less than $7,000 you too can feel like a Saudi Prince. In my mind, this car is just about perfect if you like the SECs – it’s got the right wheels, right stance, right interior, and that body kit doesn’t take too much away from the overall look. Would I change anything? The white grill is a bit much, but I’m just not sure I’d change it because I think it fits the overall package. The hood pin striping is a bit horrible though.