BMW 700

Classic Cars (UK) - - Letters -

Gor­don Mur­ray’s piece on ac­quir­ing a BMW 700 coupé (The In­sid­ers, July 2017) brought back happy mo­tor­ing mem­o­ries.

I bought a right-hand-drive one in the late Six­ties and it was quite a con­ver­sa­tion piece among my friends, who all had Mi­nis or MGBS. As Gor­don said, it had a bet­ter ride than a Mini and han­dled bet­ter than con­tem­po­rary rear-en­gined cars such as the Hill­man Imp. The beau­ti­fully smooth en­gine seemed to thrive on revs.

It did how­ever de­velop a se­ri­ous oil leak from the oil cooler which con­sisted of a steel pipe coiled round the en­gine block and cooled by the fan. I couldn’t af­ford to re­place the pipe – an en­gine-out job – so I re-plumbed the feed to an af­ter­mar­ket oil cooler. The other loom­ing prob­lem was rust, and for busi­ness pur­poses I re­placed it with (oh dear!) a Vaux­hall Viva HA van. Tim Mills

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