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.
What we have on offer here today is a very rare example; one of only 207 right-hand-drive CSI’s ever produced, less than half that of the number of right-hand-drive CSL’s of which a modest 500 were made.
Purchased by its second and current owner on the 23rd of August 1999, the car has been kept in immaculate condition ever since. With an incredibly low recorded mileage of 23,200, under its current ownership the car has always been stored in a climate controlled garage and has almost never been driven in the rain or wet roads. It is for all practical purposes in the condition in which it was delivered to its first owner all those years ago, showing a modest level of age-related wear and tear, its condition is a true testament to the level of care to which this car has been the subject of.
With around 40 CSI’s currently on UK roads today including left-hand-drive examples of which 7,935 were produced, to find a right-hand-drive one with such impeccable ownership history, mileage and service history is almost impossible.