1973 BMW 3.0 CS

One of the most favorite cars I have ever featured here on GCFSB was the slightly modified BMW 3.0 CS we featured back in January. This has to be one of the most handsome BMWs ever produced. It’s delicate roofline, aggressive front clip and perfect proportions exemplify 1970s grand touring at its best. This example has undergone a partial restoration and has all the nice updates, from the 5 speed manual transmission to the deep inset cross hatch alloys.

1973 BMW 3.0 CS

This is a 1973 BMW 3.0 CS in fully restored incredible condition. This car was fully restored by The Werk Shop in Lake Bluff Illinois, one of the most respected BMW restorers in the country, and is just a stunning example. Car has a fully rebuilt 3.5 litre motor, triple side draft Weber carbs, all new brakes, front end, 5-speed gearbox. Car has beautiful new paint and chrome, interior is all redone, leather seats and door panels, wood has been refinished, carpets are new, headliner is new. This is the finest example we have seen of a 3.0 Coupe.

I’m at a loss as to which E9 I like better; the black one featured in January or this car. I have to be honest and say that I’m leaning towards this car. The champagne paintwork over the nautical blue leather and creme piping just oozes class in a way we haven’t seen since Steve McQueen and his Marrone Metallizzato Ferrari 250GT Lusso. As much as I dislike non-period wheels, these later BBS style rims work well on a variety of vintage BMWs, including this one. Every part of this car appears perfect, as it should at an asking price of $75,000. A quick check over at Hagerty shows values for a ’73 CS peaking at around $50,000. As was the case with the last E9, this example is probably overpriced by a fair amount. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if values were on an upswing for these coupes. Quite frankly, they have been under appreciated far too long.

-Paul

1974 BMW 3.0 CS – One Owner

The amazing vintage BMWs keep coming out of the woodwork this week. Here we have an excellent example of a classic E9 coupe, more commonly referred to as the 3.0 CS. 1974 represents the second to last year of production for the coupe, the E24 633 CSi being the successor.

A few words from the seller:

The 1974 is quite rare being only 1 of 2694 total vehicles produced, with less than 375 imported to U.S. This particular Car spent it’s life in New Jersey, where it was meticulously maintained and cared for by its first owner. It was rarely, if ever driven in inclement conditions. This vehicle was restored inside and out. Updates include a repaint in its original color, and brand new front seat leather. Still some minor work to do for the motivated, but car in great shape now for weekend driving and/or local shows.

The one thing that turns me off about this car is, you guessed it, the crash bumpers. While effective, they are out of balance with the delicate roofline of this car and spoil the looks. Bumpers aside, however, this E9 coupe effectively straddles the line between collectible and modern classic and is a vehicle you could use every day, guilt free.

-Paul