Lot 121 - 1975 BMW 3.0 CSi
|Odometer reading||3,500 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,800|
BMW returned to six-cylinder power for its top-of-the-range models in 1968 with the launch of the E9 production model. Displacements included 2500 and 2800 saloons together with the stylish 2800 CS coupé. 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 saloon. The 2800 CS used the 2,788cc version of the engine used in the E3 saloon 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.
In recent years, sale prices of its sister car, the legendary 'CSL' have dramatically risen and, not unnaturally, the CSi is beginning to follow, although both cars are more or less the same with the exception of the CSL’s light weight alloy bonnet, doors and boot lid.
This original righthand drive, matching numbers example, offered as a full restoration project has previously spent time in Ireland before being re-imported to the UK. At this time the CSi was registered with a ‘T’ registration number although we believe the DVLA may re issue the original registration number ‘BIB 423’ if applied for. Complete with the original BMW book pack including the BMW service manual, owner’s handbook, various sundry invoices and the UK V5C registration document. In our opinion this is a great base to restore such a car and with skill, patience and a sympathetic eye this could be one of the most beautiful examples when complete.
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