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Barn Bimmer: 1964 BMW 1800

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If you’re planning on a trip to Portugal anyway, you may as well check out this car while you’re there. This 1964 BMW 1800 is on the coast of beautiful Ovar, Portugal. The seller says that this is an original and solid car, never-restored that was found in a barn; but it will need a full restoration to bring it back from the doldrums. You’ll be as happy as this gent is once you get this one restored.

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We probably all know that BMW was seemingly on its last legs in the late-1950s with a couple of very expensive cars in their lineup, along with the Isetta, and also their motorcycle line. But, nothing was really clicking in the marketplace, as far as having a hot-seller goes; they desperately needed a financial hit. The Neue Klasse was a gamble and it paid off, literally. Originally the 1500, in 1962, the subsequent 1800 was made from 1964 to 1971 and by then the company’s solvency was a thing of the past. I think that this is an elegant car and it will be again, hopefully.

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This is what gives this one its name, 1800 CCs (1,773) with about 100 hp, a little jump from the 1500 car a couple of years earlier with about 80 hp. The real power came with the 1800 TI with dual carbs and about 120 hp.

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I’m surprised at how nice the interior looks. You can see that it will need some work, but not as much as I would have expected for a car that’s almost as old as I am. I need much more work than this car does! This is what it’ll look like in here once you’re done with it. This looks like a great, fairly straightforward restoration project. It’s listed on eBay with three days left and a current bid under $2,000. Do these four-door BMWs turn your crank or do you prefer your BMWs with just two-doors, or even one-door, as with the Isetta?


  1. ron tyrrell

    After working at European Motors in Tacoma Wash for some time repairing English and Italian autos I find a BMW 1500 in my stall for major engine work. After tear down I notice my hands were not bloodied up for the raw castings I was acustom from mainly English cars. The inside of the engine was ground to a fine finish, tolerances were much closer and some thought was put into the industrial design of the motor. I become an,avid BMW fan and owned many BMWs mostly 2002s but some of the six cylinder. This would be a very fine car just for putting around and Sunday go the car events.

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  2. Martin

    With the price of the 2 door cars steadily climbing, I think the 4 door cars are now the affordable entry point into old BMW’s. That said, parts aren’t nearly as plentiful, and the availability from BMW Classic is still somewhat hit and miss, especially for NK sedan unique parts. Still, the sedans still are a unique ride when you show up in a field of 02’s at your local vintage BMW gathering…Ask me how I know….

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    • Scotty G Staff

      Is that yours, Martin? Very, very nice; thanks for sharing your beautiful Bimmer!

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      • Martin

        Yes it is Scotty, it’s one of the “litter”. Thanks very much for the kind words.

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