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 example is a very rare edition CSi, with only 13 right-hand drive models produced in 1975 and a total of only 207 produced throughout the production run. The previous owner of the car owned it from 2003 until 2012 and kept it garaged, only taking it out for maintenance running. In the last 13 years the car has only covered 3,000 miles and it has continued to be garaged under cover by the current owner. The original steering wheel is the highly sought after CSL ‘batmobile’ version and looks superb alongside the original gear stick and well maintained interior. The vendor describes the general condition of the car as being good to excellent.
Finished in Fjord metallic and with complimentary blue interior, a colour combination that is well suited to this car and looks superb. With only 65,000 miles on the clock and benefiting from the purity of a manual gear box, this is a wonderful opportunity to own an increasingly sought after car.