With BMW looking to push the marque further upmarket, the combination of their barn-storming six cylinder engine and a pretty but underpowered Coupé in its portfolio, it was almost inevitable that the two would get together. The resulting E9 Coupé is one of BMW’s best ever Coupés. British buyers had to wait until 1969 before they could sample the new car and shortly after, in 1971, the 3.0 CS made its debut with another 10bhp and more torque for better flexibility.
This year also saw the introduction of this car – the 3.0 CSI fuel injected version, and with more power it became BMW’s first 200bhp plus machine. It was always an expensive machine at some £6,000 when new in 1971 – that would have bought you a Porsche 911 of the period or even an entry-level Ferrari. In recent years, prices of its big brother, the legendary CSL have rapidly risen to a whole new league with the CSI’s tipped to follow.
This nicely restored example of an increasingly rare and desirable model was delivered new to its first Belgian owner on 13th January of 1972, fitted with the desirable options of both a sunroof and original air conditioning.
The car arrived in Sweden in 1986, where it was stored for some time until being restored comprehensively in 2015/16. The body was stripped, any rust repaired and new panels fitted where required. The engine was rebuilt with new bearings and piston rings and all new gaskets. Other major mechanical components were checked, cleaned and repainted.
After careful preparation several coats of paint were applied in the correct shade of Baikal Blue and the car was carefully rebuilt. The interior was re-trimmed in tan leather, the wood veneers were refinished, and all instruments were checked and refitted, alongside new rubber seals where required.
The wheels (optional wider BMW Mahle cross-spoke alloys) were refurbished and fitted with new Vredestein tyres. The exhaust system was replaced and the entire braking system checked and fitted with new parts such as brake discs, calliper seals and brake pads.
As a result of our vendor’s efforts this is a very well sorted example of an increasingly desirable 1970s GT car.