The original BMW 2000 Coupe, which was codenamed the E120 pre-production, was introduced in June of 1965. This vehicle’s components were based heavily off of the New Class which was manufactured in 1962 and experienced a great deal of popularity and success for a number of years, helping the company to get out of its financial slump. The early 1960s brought a different coupe which had an 8-cylinder engine and a body style that was designed by Bertone. This car was called the BMW 3200 CS. While the coupe 2000 C was a very different vehicle, it is still easy to see some of the design features that were used in the former.
The 2000 CS was designed by Wilhelm Hofmeister, who was BMW’s chief designer at the time. The body of which vehicle was not produced in the Munich factory but rather in the Karmann factory in Osnabruck where it was outsourced and finalized back in Munish. The coupes 2000 C as well as the CD both have a very recognizable front end with a boat-like nose that has two twin-unit headlights that are covered with a single pane of glass. BMW used this particular design feature later on in the 90s when they came out with the 3 and 5 SERIES.
A grand total of 13,691 BMW Coupes E120 were manufactured, though a vast majority of them were the CS model WHICH HAS A 120 PS engine along with two twin carburetors and a 4-speed manual transmission. The carburetor C version had only 100 PS and a majority of them also had an automatic transmission. Only a total of 400 of these cars were ever built with a manual transmission/stick.
Most of the BMW 2000 CS and C cars were built from 1966 to 1968. A succession model called the 2800 CS was introduced at the end of 1968 and it had a 6-cylinder engine as well as a longer more traditional front end. These vehicles were definitely considered to be upscale when they were first launched, though perhaps inevitably they were replaced by the 2800 CS which had a 6-cylinder BMW E9 engine. The BMW 2000CS and 2000C marked a significant change in the vehicles this company made, featuring a better and stronger engine that was a main selling point to the public when it was first launched.
There was a 2-liter version of the M10 engine which was used in these coupes and it had an 89mm bore as well as an 80mm stroke. The 2000 C used just one carburetor system which was able to deliver a total of 100 horsepower and 5,500 rpm, a fairly impressive feat at the time. This vehicle could be purchased with either a manual or automatic transmission, though the 2000 CS could only be purchased with a manual gearbox. While this was limiting to consumers, it did not seem to have a significantly negative impact on sales in any way.
The 2000C and CS models from BMW were without a doubt a turning point and helped this carmaker to gain the reputation for making top quality vehicles that they have now. The technology that was used in these vehicles was cutting edge and innovative at the time, which is why so many people flocked to buy them and also why it got so much attention around the world. Despite the fact that a relatively small number of these vehicles were sold, it was still incredibly popular and remains as one of the most classic cars in the entire world. And while the BMW 2000 was only available in the U.S as a modified version, this was not the case with the 2000C and CS models.