As automotive journalists it’s our job to know a decent amount about what’s going on in the car world. We deal with new and old cars on a daily basis and have experiences and interactions with cars that most people just dream of. There are however times when something pops up that we’ve never seen or heard of before, and for us, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Case in point, this beautiful little 1968 BMW 1600GT. I spied this little fella last week when I was in Monterey and truth be told at first, I had no idea what the hell it was. At first I figured it was some sort of old Alfa Romeo or perhaps even a Lancia, but upon closer inspection I noticed that little blue and white BMW roundel and proceeded to raise an eyebrow.
Apparently production of this body style began in 1967 when BMW took over the Glas factory in Dingolfing, Germany. Once that was acquired they tweaked the car by giving it and independent rear suspension and a 1600cc TI engine fitted with twin choke Solex carbs. Power was a pretty respectable (for the time) 105 horsepower.
What I like about this car is that the styling is unlike any BMW I’ve ever seen. Surrounding onlookers thought the same thing about the 1600GT as they just sort of mulled around it asking questions. Unfortunately the owner was not in the vicinity as I would have loved to have picked his brain about the car as it was so unusual. If anyone out there in internet land is a true BMW enthusiast, do me a favor and chime in as I’d like to know more about this little guy.