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1972 BMW 3.0 CSI

“Survivor” is a term that gets thrown about liberally in collector circles, but upon seeing this two owner E9 Coupe, this is a car that fits the bill. Imported in the early 1980s from Germany, this 3.0 CSI is a great example of the period in which BMW emerged from obscurity and into the mainstream luxury scene. While they were decidedly upmarket, these coupes offered a sporting edge and technology that few other manufacturers of the day could match.

Year: 1973
Model: 3.0 CSI
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 85,771 mi
Price: Reserve auction


1972 BMW 3.0CSi E9 Coupe. Finished in Chamonix White with Blue Velour interior, this extremely rare Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injected E9 Coupe is the one to own. Imported by it’s second owner from Munich on 03/26/82, this fully documented three owner example has been driven just 85,771 miles ( 138,036 Kilometers ) since new. Equipped with a factory sun roof, manual front and power rear windows ( common on Euro Spec cars ), five original factory alloy wheels, matching numbers engine and four speed manual transmission and much more. Since being imported by a BMW Club member and Concours judge, this car has spent it’s life in Texas in a climate controlled garage. It has won numerous club events taking 1st place many times. The spare tire has never been on the ground and the jack has never been used. All original tools are in perfect condition and accompany the car with it’s full service history since importation. It is without a doubt one of the best and most original CSi’s available anywhere. The car has just had a major service and has been fully sorted. It runs as well today as it did the day it left the factory. This is the first time it has been offered for sale in over 25 years. All serious offers should be directed to Mark Starr @ 914 217-4817.

The E9 is one of those BMWs that for a while could be had for a reasonable sum, but collectors have gotten hip to these pilllarless coupes. To snag a good one these days is a fairly pricey proposition. Given the originality of this example, I’d suspect it will probably fetch somewhere in the $35,000 to $40,000 range. Lately most of these E9s I’ve seen have been in darker shades, such as blue or black, but Chamonix white lends a decidedly modern look to this classic tourer. It’s another shining example of the old adage “good design is timeless.”


One Comment

  1. ConservativesDefeated
    ConservativesDefeated October 27, 2013

    This kills me!

    Admittedly twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to buy a lightly used perfect original California sunroof 5 speed Gettrag! Baikal E9 for eleven grand. i thought it was overpriced!

    Yes, I’m an idiot and now my age cohorts have way too much money and too little sense and these cars are out of my reach. Darnit

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