THE BMW CAR CLUB’S 1968 BMW 2000C

New Zealand Classic Car - - The Survivors -

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.

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