Bonham’s auctions one-off Bertone Spicup Concept Car at BMW Museum auction
At a time when newer trends were put into the car market for garnering public attention, they were often redone in colors and designs rarely seen before. The trend is still relevant in today’s times, but one might not notice until something almost shocking comes through. Not so shocking, yet attention grabbing is the BMW Bertone Spicup coupe convertible, which is slated to go under the hammer at an event by Bonham’s. Based on the 1969 model of the car, this unit boasts of completely new refurbished components based on the original designs, along with the multi-tone green color.
In the 1960’s which saw the evolution of pop culture and free thinking in the western world, BMW wanted to showcase its latest invention albeit with an abstract design. That’s when showcase engineer Enzo Congolani was called in to show his skills, and he developed this Bertone Spicup (Spider Coupe), whose retractable roof became went to become an inspiration for many to follow.
Though this car never went into full fledged production, but came to be known at multiple prestigious motor events such as 1969 Geneva Saloon, 1969 Concorso de Eleganza, and also the same year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, where it gained significant notary. Amongst its many attractive features other than the multiple tone green color of body and leather upholstery, it boasted of a 2.5-liter straight 6 cylinder engine which packed in a decent punch to engine. This particular vehicle later changed a few hands including a dealer in the Netherlands, until there came a time when it had lost all its former charm. Now it has been fully restored after being in the BMW museum for years, and is being auctioned off by Bonham’s which estimates that the price the car will be upwards of $ 614,763 at the upcoming auctioning event.
If vintage BMW’s are of interest to you, also check-out our recent coverage of the 1937 BMW Fraser-Nash auction, and also the Most expensive auctioned cars at Monterey event. Like Bonham’s, this event too had some historic BMWs go under the hammer.