For $11,900, This 1966 BMW 2000C Could Be Your Bavarian Cream Puff

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe BMW is pure German sex which is… well, okay I guess. I mean the Deutschlanders are pretty freaky, right? Let’s see if this titilating Teutonic two-door also sexes it up when it comes to the price.

Retailers always drop a penny here, or a nickel there, off a price to give buyers a psychological nudge into thinking they’re getting a good deal.


Yesterday’s 1984 Toyota Corolla diesel was in fact a tidy fifty bucks shy of three grand, making you potentially think it’s closer to two grand. That wasn’t fooling the 72% of you who voted it down in a Crack Pipe loss, however. Rare or not rare, that was just too much for that ancient oily slug.

You know how we all love the BMW 6-series of a the ‘late 70s and ‘80s, right? Well, did you know that it had a grandpappy from which it derived much of its looks, and that older car was—in many minds—even sexier?


Yeah, today’s 1966 BMW 2000C might not be getting much tail in its present condition, but it’s still pretty sweet and might engender some pity sex along the way so shake out a little blue pill in its honor.


The 2000C replaced the Bertone-designed 3200CS in 1965 and rode on BMW’s Neue Klass platform. That it shared with the 1600 sedan and two-door, and later the ultimate expression of the latter, the 2002Tii.

The coupe looked very different from its platform mates, however. They carried longer and more expressive bodywork which included a full pillar less coupe greenhouse and a nose that was both forward-looking with its canted shark nose and a nod to BMW’s pre-war cars with its prominent twin kidney grilles standing apart from all the other elements.


It’s amazing how much the twin kidneys on these cars resemble a Hitler mustache when set against a light body color like here. The rest of the Karmann-built bodywork has held up well stylistically, and you can also catch a hint of first-generation Corvair from certain angles.


This one is said to have been parked in a garage in Texas in 1985 and then left to its own devices. It’s now been released from its solitary confinement and, amazingly, seems none the worse for its Rip Van Winkledom.


Mechanically, there is a 100-bhp 2-litre four, fed by a single Solex and canted at your typical BMW jaunty angle. That’s backed up by ZF 3HP three-speed automatic (yeah, I know), and interestingly the 2000C was one of the first cars to get that box.

The seller says that the car shook off its long winter nap with aplomb, firing up on clean gas and running without knocks, significant smoke, or any other major drama. Even the brakes held pressure, however I would suggest a thorough going over before making any trips in it that involve Google Maps.


Overall the body and interior present similar signs of age and wear. Yes,


there’s some rust (the body was built by Karmann after all), and the non-original white paint is in need of some love, but just look at that lovely interior. Well, don’t looks too close because there are rips and holes all over the place. Maybe a couple of baja blankets would be a good short term fix. At the very least it all seems complete.

To complete the transfer of ownership at its present asking, someone will need to come up with $11,900. Yeah, that’s a Benjamin shy of twelve grand—we see what you’re doing there Mr. BMW 2000C seller man.


A clean title and undisclosed extra parts help to sweeten that deal.

What do you think about that $11,900 price for this ‘garage find 2000C? Does that seem fair given its condition and history? Or, is this long-slumbering BMW’s price a rude awakening?


You decide!


San Antonio TX Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Marshal via Patrick George for the hookup!

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Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.