Lot 114 - 1972 BMW 3.0 CSi
|Odometer reading||67,632 miles|
|Result||Sold - £48,160|
- Spectacular garage find
- Single family ownership from new
- Fully restored in 1989/1990
BMW introduced a new two-door coupé that was built for BMW by Karmann in 1968 and production lasted until 1975. Named internally as the BMW E9, the first model to be produced was the 2800 CS which replaced the earlier 2000 C and 2000 CS coupé models. The wheelbase and length were increased to allow the engine bay to be long enough to accommodate the new straight-six engine, code-named M30, and the front of the car was restyled to resemble the E3 sedan. The 2800 CS used the 2,788cc version of the engine used in the E3 sedans and produced 170hp. Not only was the 2800 CS lighter than the preceding 2000 CS, it also had a smaller frontal aspect, further increasing the performance advantage. The 2800CS was replaced by the 3.0 CS and 3.0 CSi in 1971. The engine had been bored out to give a displacement of 2,986. It was offered with twin carburettors in the 3.0 CS which produced 180hp, or with fuel injection in the 3.0 CSi which produced 200hp. Both cars were available as either a four speed manual or automatic. Performance of both the 3.0 CS and 3.0 CSi was very competitive compared with contemporaries.
This amazing example was uncovered by one of our junior specialists earlier this year. Parked in a heated garage but surrounded by boxes, the car had been laid up since 2009 thus covered in dust but underneath, as new. The result of the car having been fully restored to a beautiful standard for the vendor, a BMW car club member in 1989/1990. Our vendor, who has now sadly passed away, had owned this example from new, originally registering it to his company 'Hills of Swindon' and then personally from 1983 and clearly this was his pride and joy. Mr. Hill purchased the car new in 1972 from All Saints service station, Faringdon, Berkshire as a company car, part of a fleet he managed for the company and used, as such, for some 11 years when the car became his personal vehicle and thus used less before eventually coming off the road in the late 80's. Mr. Hill decided to fully restore the car, such was his love for CSi, and as such the car was taken to Chris Moughton of Southrop, Lechlade and, over a two year period, comprehensively restored indeed he still fondly remembers the car and Mr. Hill. Specific details were added like full Connolly leather re-trim to replace the nylon examples, rebuilt by Blunsdon works at a cost, in 1989, of £2,500.
The car today presents extremely well, the warm garage has naturally kept the car in near new condition and, apart from a recent re commissioning of fluids, new battery and MoT test certificate, it just required a wash! Showing just 67,632 miles from new, extensive history and receipts dating back to the restoration coupled with correspondence between Mr. Hill and the members club/DVLC detailing the car's history, this is a unique opportunity to own a very special example of the iconic 70's BMW, viewing is a must!
Guide Price £18,000 - £23,000
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