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Made To Drive | S07 E08

This BMW 1600 Neue Klasse Is A Grey Ghost

Haunting the backroads of California is what this car was made to do
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Bill Leavens
Bill Leavens
4 years ago

As a fresh faced college kid I somehow talked my folks into getting a 2000TI. Polaris silver with a red gut. And somehow I talked them into letting me pick it up at the factory in Germany. 7000 miles later I arranged passage back to New Jersey and managed to drive it for a few years. It was certainly not a ‘kid’ car and I wish I knew then what I know now. I would have entered corners slower and left faster. I would have been obsessive about maintenance. I would have used a whole lot more wax. I knew what I had, but nobody else did. I should have stayed with the original conviction and held onto it. What a lovely car that nobody understood.

Woody Smith
Woody Smith
4 years ago

I had a 1966 1600 just like this (except beige). I guess you have made it a better car with your mods, but it was an excellent automobile just as it was built.

I am kind of an originalist and would like to find one restored to its original form. Yours sounds like an Austin-Healey 100 — BMWs don’t usually sound like that, although I am sure yours outperforms it with one hand tied behind its back.

Osca1600
Osca1600
6 years ago

We had a BMW 1800 sedan, when I first got my drivers licence, along with a 2500 Auto sedan. I loved both these cars. As a new driver, my dad basically gave me his 1800 so that I could get to Architecture school. I loved the individual looks of this car, and how it handled. I kind of wish we still had this car in the family. There are relatively so few of this model left out here. The new classe BMW also came in the 1800Ti version which was extensively raced in Europe in the day, and lastly a 2L version was made but with rectangular headlights. In a sense this was BMWs version of the Alfa Giulia Super, of which I have had 2 and now have my 3rd one (a 1300 TI), but done up as a Super. Nice one Petrolicious and good to see the owner of this BMW enjoying it properly.

Paul Steel
Paul Steel
6 years ago

Another nice car, and a nice vid, good to see something different to the 2002.
Do you know BMW is 100 years old today?

Jan Egil Sjoner
Jan Egil Sjoner
6 years ago

Amazing video! AS always!!!

Felix Trzetrzelewska
Felix Trzetrzelewska
6 years ago

That sound is GREAT.

Brian Benefield
Brian Benefield
6 years ago

As Albert said, this is exactly why I love Tuesdays. What a great video. The car, driver, story, editing, amazing camera work…

Keep it up!

Nick Gower
Nick Gower
6 years ago

Best video so far, great car, great shooting and awesome guy.

Albert Ayars
Albert Ayars
6 years ago

Thank you! I think that Tuesday is my favorite day of the week now. As a BMW CCA member, stories like this really strum my heart strings. Cant wait to get another older classic BMW. I have been kicking my self for a while now ever since I sold my last 4 wheeled companion with a M10 heart beating under the clamshell hood. Soon… Soon, I tell my self repeatedly to keep from tipping over the edge and falling into the dark pit of all encompassing regret. Thank you Mr. Huff for letting me live viCARiously through you. I greatly appreciate it.

noahlambert
noahlambert
6 years ago

Best video yet!

James Wieler
James Wieler
6 years ago

Where is that hill top in San Francisco that overlooks the city? Or what is it called? I must go there.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA
6 years ago
Reply to  James Wieler

He on Twin Peaks Blvd, near Christmas Tree Point, in SF. Try this URL for map coordinates.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Christmas+Tree+Point/@37.7549754,-122.4503418,16.9z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x79e62844cfa6b37c

Flash
Flash
6 years ago

A really really nice drive.
Great work.
Love seeing someone drive an old classic like they should be.

teecee
teecee
6 years ago

Excellent story and car. Great Bay Area Backdrops. I love the visceral qualities of these older cars. Yours is so special!

And huge kudos to your wife for her attention to your interests and getting you such a great thoughtful gift!!

rinkster
rinkster
6 years ago

Another banger from Petrolicious !! Really enjoyed watching this ol’ German classic weaving around this back roads.

Jim, loved your story about getting the die cast model first then follewed by the car !!