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 stunning 3.0 CS comes from the first owner, who purchased the car new in 1973 and has developed and later restored the car over his near 45 year ownership. He drove the car for only a few months on the road before commissioning it to be built up to Group 6 specification as a spare car for his racing team.
The rebuild of the motor to fast road/race specification was undertaken by Luigi Racing in Belgium. Less than fully satisfied with its performance, our vendor sent the car to known tuner Mannhart in Germany (now known as Mantec Racing). The current specification of the motor includes 45mm Weber DCOE carburetors, a BMW factory specification racing camshaft and crankshaft, a Facet Redtop Competition fuel pump, upgraded pistons and valves, a custom crankcase breather, and finally a custom-made free flowing exhaust with competition manifold. The motor has completed a mere 500kms since the rebuild.
The upgraded motor is driven though the original 4 speed manual gearbox (a 5 speed Getrag gearbox is available by separate negotiation), and the original differential (a 100% lock differential is again available separately). Suspension is uprated with Bilstein B6 shock absorbers, BMW factory racing springs, and the fitting of strut braces to the top and bottom. The wheels have been upgraded with 16” Alpina-style rims on each corner. Of course during the rebuild all nuts, washers, rings, bearings and rubbers in the car are new or refurbished.
Shortly after the build to Group 6 specification, the car was retired from racing and was stored by the vendor for the next 30 years, until the rebuild started in earnest approximately 10 years ago.
During the restoration the bodywork was treated to galvanised doors, trunk lid and hood, in addition to a BMW factory racing front spoiler, and has been repainted in a possibly the best colour for this model of Polaris Silber. The interior has enjoyed a retrim in black leather and grey fabric, the fitting of new carpets and Silent Coat sound deadening, a new headlining, and upgraded Alpina steering wheel.
Fresh from its comprehensive rebuild, and showing a genuine 2300 kilometres recorded from new, our vendor believes his BMW is now in better condition than when he purchased it in 1973.
As such we feel this is possibly the best and certainly lowest mileage one owner CS coupe available on the market today.