BMW 2004 SA
€ P.O.R. | 1973 | Gasoline
A very rare BMW:
The South-African produced BMW 2004 SA
Rare piece of BMW history:
On offer is a 1973 BMW 2004. A 2004? Yes, the South-African produced BMW based on the Glas 1700. A little history on this very exotic BMW.
The Glas 1700 was presented in 1964 to widespread industry acclaim. Praise centred on its body, designed by Pietro Frua in Turin, which – in its compact and sporting character – fitted the same profile and targeted the same audience as BMW’s “New Class” revealed two years earlier. In the early 60’s BMW was in the midst of its successful fightback from the brink – spearheaded by a range of new models. The 02 range launched in 1966 to boost the ranks of volume-produced models was built in unprecedented numbers and BMW was soon bursting at the seams.
Remember Hans Glas GmbH? The debt-ridden company had a production facility in the relatively nearby Bavarian town of Dingolfing and could provide urgently needed capacity to ease the burden on BMW’s Munich plant. Glas was duly taken over by BMW in 1966.
That wasn’t quite the end of the story, though. The Glas had been a fundamentally successful car and soon found someone who wanted to start building it again: Johannes Hermanus Pretorius in South Africa. The decision was made to ship the Glas production machinery to South Africa, and in the meantime the car was assembled there from CKD kits. Only the engines and gearboxes were not produced in-house (they were brought over from Munich), BMW’s 4-cylinder M10 engine is a perfect fit. The South African Glas BMWs could be identified immediately, of course, by their obligatory right-hand drive, but otherwise the only distinguishing features were the BMW badges and boot lid lettering.
Not long after production got underway, the BMW 1800 SA was joined by the more powerful BMW 2000 SA. In 1973 its body design was updated to include a front end which reflected the BMWs of the time. These facelifted models were named BMW 1804 SA / BMW 2004 SA. BMW took complete control of the South African plant in 1974 and also began production of the 5 Series there.
The BMW 1800 SA was a pricey and exclusive model for customers in the relatively small South African car market. It laid the foundations for BMW to expand its presence in the country.
This car was acquired by us in early 2021 and is a beautiful example of the aforementioned interesting history. We have gone through the car completely in our workshop and have performed a light restoration.
The nice and solid body was originally painted in BMW Chamonix white, we gave it a complete repaint in its factory color. Leaving doorjambs and engine-bay original. Notice that the 2004 wears E12 taillights (upside down!), in good condition. The front blinkers are from the E3 Bavaria as well as the headlights. The front and rear bumper are in good condition and the 2004 makes a beautiful appereance on the original steel wheels.
We have gone through the car technically as well. The original, matching numbers, 2 liter M10 unit runs lovely. The 3-speed Auto shifts seamlessly and actually makes for a really fun and comfortable car. The brakes have been gone through and suspension is tight.
This 2004 needs nothing and has all new fluid, new filters, fresh tires. Has been tuned, dialed-in and tested.
A very rare, exotic BMW for the absolute BMW aficionado!
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