Lot 159

Miami 2024

1972 BMW 3.0 CS

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$84,000 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Coral Gables, Florida

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Chassis No.
2250068
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  • A beautifully presented, comprehensively refurbished example of BMW’s vaunted E9 sport coupe with the desirable five-speed manual transmission
  • Said to have been driven less than 400 miles since being painstakingly refurbished to a high standard by a previous owner over a 16-year period
  • Comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical rotisserie refurbishment completed in 2017 included stripping the body to bare metal, fully rebuilding the engine and chassis, and installing a manual five-speed transmission
  • Refinished in stunning Baikal Metallic over a fully refurbished interior fitted with newly sourced red leather upholstery, wood trim, and other correct-type fitments
  • Meticulously maintained and serviced since being acquired by the consignor in December 2017
  • A stellar example of one of the most highly sought-after German sport coupes ever made

With its straight-six engine and angular yet attractive coachwork by Karmann, it could be argued that BMW’s E9 series was ahead of its time. In any case, it was certainly captivating and remains so to this day. First in the E9 lineage, the 2800 CS was revealed in 1968 with a notably longer wheelbase and overall length compared to previous BMWs, making space for the impressive powertrain. The 3.0 CS followed in 1971, adding more power than the earlier E9. As its name suggests, power came from a larger 3.0-liter inline-six. And whereas its predecessor featured front disc brakes and rear drums, the 3.0 CS was equipped with four-wheel disc brakes for superior stopping power. Capable of 130-mph top speed, the 3.0 CS became the basis of the homologation special 3.0 CSL. As proof of the E9’s inherent superior engineering and performance envelope, it garnered numerous victories, including six European Touring Car Championships between 1973 and 1979 and class wins at endurance races at Daytona, Le Mans, and Spa.

This beautifully presented, 3.0 CS has been comprehensively and lovingly refurbished to a high standard by its previous owner over a 16-year period, including stripping the body to bare metal and putting it on a rotisserie to be refinished in stunning Baikal Metallic. The interior was likewise fully refurbished with newly sourced red leather upholstery, wood trim, and other correct-type fitments, while the engine and chassis were fully rebuilt. Notable, its original automatic transmission was replaced with a desirable, correct-type five-speed manual, allowing an optimal driving experience for enthusiasts. Acquired by the consignor in December 2017, the car has since benefitted from further sorting with a focus on drivability.

Meticulously maintained and serviced under the consignors watchful care, this 3.0 CS has reportedly been driven fewer than 400 miles since its refurbishment and thus remains a stellar example of one of the most highly sought-after German sport coupes ever made.