1967 Neue Klasse 2000
1967 BMW Neue Klasse 2000 #1210921
July 7, 1966
Roger Benson (since 2012)
Albany, New York
If the 700 saved BMW, the Neue Klasse brought BMW back to profitability and prominence. Hiding sporty performance within a sensible sedan, it’s an important touchstone enroute to the 2002.
Roger Benson, a BMW enthusiast since the 1970s, was on his third 2002 when he found this original, unrestored, rust-free Neue Klasse sedan.
It was originally purchased by a USAF Lt. Colonel overseas in 1966, who shipped it home to the US in a military plane. He put 240,000 miles on the car before his death in 1990. In 2011 the family sold it to a broker, and Benson bought the car as a non-runner in July 2012. “I was interested in owning this car for its historic importance in BMW’s evolution,” says Roger.
“The first year was spent getting it to start,” Benson says. That accomplished, Benson concentrated on restoring the interior and other mechanical essentials. A cosmetic restoration followed, including a coat of light green Florida paint. Refreshing the engine is next.
“The Neue Klasse was targeted to families, and it’s a quiet, comfortable car,” he says. “Clearly, it has the potential for brisk driving, but with an automatic transmission. It’s civilized, but can still cruise easily at 80 mph.”