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.
With less than 30 on the roads in the UK, this stunning example of an increasingly rare and desirable model is presented in good condition in all respects, having been subject to an comprehensive older restoration before being carefully stored and used sparingly. As part of a classic BMW collection for 23 years, the CSi is offered with an extensive history file detailing works completed over the years.
The main restoration work was conducted by Brian Stevens Classic Car Restoration in Hampshire in the early 1990s, to the tune of just under £13,000. The bodywork was restored with the fitting of new front wings and doors, amongst other repairs to the floor sections, sills, bulkheads and A pillars where required. At the same time the engine was removed, the engine bay painted, new shock absorbers and springs fitted, the brakes were overhauled with new master cylinders, and various engine components were replaced, as was the clutch system. Breathing was improved with the fitting of a replacement exhaust system. As finishing touches the brightwork was rechromed, also bumpers and five new replacement wheels purchased from BMW. Furthermore new carpeting and headlining were fitted, as were new sun visors. In more recent times the CSi has benefited from a further replacement exhaust system, ignition barrel, alternator, rear brake discs and calipers. Furthermore the sunroof and related mechanism have been attended to, and the windscreen replaced. Lastly the fuel pump and fuel system in general have overhauled.
With BMW values on the march, we believe now is the time to buy one of the most beautiful GT cars of the 1970s.