With BMW looking to push the marque further upmarket, the combination of their bahn-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.
For homologation purposes, 500 right-hand drive and a further 500 left-hand drive CSL’s were made. Comparing this to the modest total of 207 right-hand drive CSi’s made, truly puts it into perspective how rare a car these are.
This lovely right-hand drive CSi was purchased by the vendor five years ago. During his ownership the car has received a vast amount of work, both mechanical and cosmetic. Bills totalling in excess of £20,000, found in the car’s history file, account for the cars current overall condition. Fitted with newly trimmed velour interior and its original Webasto roof, this very rare car is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian!