THE BMW CAR CLUB’S 1968 BMW 2000C
This BMW is the sole 2000C to have been ordered in and delivered to New Zealand as a new car, the car being purchased by Dr Ken Orr, then resident in Remuera, Auckland. It was the second new BMW (the first being a 1602 two-door saloon) to be sold by Ross Jensen Motors, which had not long been appointed as the first New Zealand BMW dealer. All of these coupés, as built by BMW AG, were in left-hand-drive form, and a UK company undertook the conversion of a small number of newly built vehicles in response to a demand for right-handdrive (RHD) examples — this example being one of those RHD cars and one of just two brought to New Zealand. The late Trevor Hudson (who became a partner in Ross Jensen Motors and was well respected in the New Zealand automotive industry) negotiated the sale and managed the ongoing customer relationship with Dr Orr. original performance specifications.
In 2012, Robert asked if Angus was still keen, as he had bought a Ferrari or two and had no room left in his garage for the DB5. A deal was done, and the car moved to the North Island. With its matching engine and chassis numbers, this Aston remains almost entirely original, excepting the boot carpet, exhaust, and paintwork. According to Angus, the DB5 is the most delightful car to clean, with a soft cloth running over its smoothly round contours like you know what. Even after 50 years, the interior still exudes a rich leather smell and the car packs a lot more grunt than his Commodore SV6 daily-driver. Angus feels a nice connection to the original owner, being a heavy-machinery designer, inventor, and pilot himself, and hopes that, in the past, Lainchbury also enjoyed the DB5.