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  • 1505146
    Model: BMW 1600-2
    Year: 1966
    Manufactured Date: 09/12/1966
    Original Color: Bristol
    Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
    Current Color: Bristol
    Last Sold: No value

    Legal delivery to Hoffman Motors Corp (NYC domiciled) on September 16, 1966.


    “The BMW 1600/2 VIN1505146  was manufactured on September 12th, 1966 and delivered on September 16th, 1966 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Bristol, paint code 058. We hope this information is helpful for you.”
    Discussed at some length in a couple threads:
    In the third photo below, I’ve circled the identifying features that allow us to positively identify this chassis (currently missing both its VIN tag and chassis stamp, which have been transferred to a post-1966 chassis) as that of a 1966 1600-2. The triangular cut-outs in the bulkhead between the passenger and luggage compartment, present at the 1600-2’s introduction in March 1966, appears to have been phased out in approximately the beginning of November 1967 (circled in blue). The sleek aluminum interior rear view mirror arm, also present at the 1600-2’s introduction in March 1966, appears to have been phased out in approximately October 1967 (circled in yellow). And the flat cover panel over the heater — without a center latch for the hood — present at the 1600-2’s introduction in March 1966, appears to have been phased out in late December 1966 (circled in red). 1966 1600-2’s are particularly rare in the U.S., as little effort was made to market them here, as manufacturing was just beginning. This particular 1966 chassis is an original Bristol (light gray) car.

    The same shop where this distinctly-1966 chassis rests, excised of both its VIN tag and chassis stamp, happens to have a second chassis, a post-1966 chassis based on the presence of a center latch for the hood — bearing both the VIN tag and the chassis stamp of a Bristol 1966 1600-2. It, therefore, seems fairly clear that the original 1966 1600-2 is being re-bodied — I’m guessing due to rust and/or other damage to the original 1966 chassis.









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