BMW introduced a new two-door coupe 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 coupe 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 2,788 cc version of the engine used in the E3 sedans and produced 170 horsepower. 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 180 hp, or with fuel injection in the 3.0 CSi which produced 200 hp. 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 very nice example is finished in white with contrasting red interior and was originally delivered to its first owner in the USA in 1972. These great German coupe sports cars were the envy of many when they first were produced, striking in design and with exciting performance to match. This example is no exception and is still a head turner today as it was when manufactured.