The first production model of the car that was destined to save BMW, the 1959 BMW 700 is a great car for any classic car enthusiast. They were manufactured in enormous quantities in order to meet equally enormous customer demand, and as such there are many more examples of this hilariously successful little people-mover than there are of many other classic cars from that era in history. Designed as direct competition to the Volkswagen Beetle, the 700 offered all the innovation and efficiency of the BMW 600, without the outlandish bubble-car look of the 600 and its strange door on the front of the car. The 700 looked like AND made people feel like they were driving an actual car, rather than a car that took its aesthetic cues from a car that was popular when poverty and fuel shortages were widespread, which is definitely a part of its popularity. At the launch of the car it was available as a saloon, as well as a slightly more expensive coupe version. The saloon outsold its less-spacious brother, but many who first encountered it at the Frankfurt Motor Show noted the coupe for feeling much like a sporting car.
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The 1959 BMW 700 is an icon of an era. With nearly 200,000 built (a huge number of sales for BMW at the time), many examples of this fun little car (that saved a company from a shady, hostile takeover by Mercedes-Benz) are still in great shape today. However, this doesnt mean that you can get lax in your approach to buying. As with any classic car, one of the most important things you can do in order to ensure that the car is valued properly is to hire a professional inspector to examine it, or, if that option just isnt available, to do a thorough examination of the vehicle, yourself. For more information, tips, or if youre looking to buy, The Beverly Hills Car Club and their team would be delighted to answer your call!
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