1972 BMW Bavaria

I have a soft spot for the Bavaria. It’s not because it’s the best looking BMW from the 1970s, nor the fastest. It’s not the most collectable, either – but as a result, the Bavaria might just be the rarest of the 1970s BMWs. To me, I can appreciate this coming from a background of loving Audis – most of which are quite rare today. The look of the Bavaria is even very similar to the Audi 100, and like the 100 very few examples are left kicking around. Also like the Audi 100, people will always be glad to see it, and I’m sure many have stories involving Bavarias. As with the old Audis, it’ll be a mix of people who smile and immediately start to tell you their wonderful BMW story and the balance of the masses who simply ask “What is that?” But the Bavaria was nonetheless an important move for BMW, taking on the larger executive market with an upscale big-body 4-door and that famous M30 power:

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Double Take: 1973 and 1974 BMW Bavarias

Following on to the S-Class Double Take we featured earlier today, here’s another pair highlighting that car’s competition: the BMW E3, or New Six. After the success of the smaller New Class, BMW decided to try its hand at luxury vehicles once again. These larger sedans, powered by straight six engines, would be a decided departure from the luxury sedan formula, adding a dash of sport into the equation. Unique to the US market was the Bavaria, priced more in line with the 2500 model but with the larger engine of the 2800. Eventually the engine would increase in size to 3.0 liters in 1972 and the Bavaria would continue on, slotted beneath the 3.0S.

To start, we’ll take a look at this restored Bavaria for sale in Pennsylvania.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ 1974 BMW 3.0S

This November will mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. With this tragic event came the end of “Camelot” and the innocence carried over the postwar America in the 1950s. A turbulent decade would parallel the life of former First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy. In the wake of the June 1968 assassination of her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and moved herself and her children to Greece. Upon Onassis’ death, she would return to the US, settle in New York City and reinvent herself once again, taking up a career in publishing.

While residing in New York, she purchased a rather unusual car for the times, a 1974 BMW 3.0S Automatic. Unlike Mercedes-Benz, BMW was a relatively obscure brand. The 2002 had brought the company much needed success in the US market, but those shopping for larger sedans didn’t exactly have the car with the Roundel badge on their mind. Then again, Mrs. Onassis wasn’t your average consumer. She owned this car for almost 20 years, selling it to her neighbor two years before she passed away. Now her beloved BMW is up for sale once again and is sure to attract both Bimmerphiles and those wanting a piece of American history.

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Year: 1974
Model: 3.0S
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 65,194 mi
Price: $64,995 (on seller’s website)

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This 1974 BMW was purchased for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and she personally owned and drove it. Also includes 4 copyrighted pictures of her driving it and her original title with her signature on it. The car is a green BMW Barvaria 3.0S 4 Door Sedan equipped with automatic transmission, which Jackie Onassis drove for 18 years from August 20, 1974 date when she purchased the car from Martin Motors BMW on the upper east Side in New York until 1992 when she sold the car to her neighbor in Peapack.

Mrs. Onassis bought her BMW new, while married to Onassis who purchased a country estate for them in the horse country of Peapack-Gladstone New Jersey. It was in this automobile that she would drive her children each weekend to Peapack to go riding and fox hunting or the Essex Hunt Club. During the week the car was garaged in a parking lot on 86th Street, but she occasionally used it to fulfill editorial commitments at Doubleday.

As noted by her son his mother has a “Love of Words, the bonds of home and family and her spirit of adventure” the BMW was her principal means of travel to all three. “It was her only and favorite drive” says her Peapack neighbor. “when she finally decided to part with it I purchased it and put it in storage with my collection.”

As I was doing research on selling this car I came across a well written a fairly amusing article by Kelly Holsten, whom gave me permission to use some of his words here. Also I would like to include the link to his original article if you wish to read.

(I’m sorry the over reaching, totally controlling, ebay corporation will not let me put in the link. So email me and I will get you the link.)

You may have to copy and paste if it does not come up as a link.

Thanks Kelly Holsten.

The car has been a historical joy to have in our shop, it has started many conversation on a wonderful lady whom many of us wish we would have had the opportunity to meet. You may not have ever had the chance to meet her but here is your chance to sit where she sat and hold that steering wheel just as she did and look out the same windshield she did. When I sit in the car for a few minuets a very intriguing feeling overwhelms me. Just to know that I and Jackie have been in the exact same place. So if you would ever want to have a true piece of history, here is your chance.

Passing Lane Motors LLC has been put in charge of marketing Jackie O’s car for a private collector who has had this car in his collection for many years and do to health reason must let go. The BMW comes with 4 copyrighted pictures of Jackie driving the car, I would love to include them but the photographer would not give use permission to use in the ad, and must be seen in person I cannot copy or send in emails of them, so please don’t ask. Also included is the original title with Jackie O’s signature on it. Now a little about the car.

Engine and transmission……

The car starts easily and had been driven around our shop, we of course will not take the vehicle out on the streets do to the fact that it could not be replace. We have been ask by many a TV station and reality show to bring it to them, I just can’t take the chance of losing such a piece of history. So I cannot state how the vehicle handles on the highway. The transmission shifts smoothly but I have not had the car over 50 MPH, it also has a slight leak, so we keep a floor pad under the vehicle. The power steering unit appears to be functioning properly. We have information stating that the engine was rebuilt at 40K but have no documentation to verify.

Interior…..

The interior appears to be all original, the interior for the most part is all in tact. The drivers seat shows wear and some tears in the leather. It is in unrestored condition would be up to the next owner to decide if they wanted to change it or leave the seats that Jackie personally sat in. All gauges appear to be working properly, the Air should work with a fresh charge of freon, but not guaranteed.

Exterior condition……

The car has been stated to have been repainted in it’s original color, the paint still has a high degree of gloss on all panels. The paint is showing its age as is the underside of the vehicle. But let’s face it, this car is being purchased for it true historical value. To have a very nice vehicle this car would need new paint and interior, I’m not sure but leaving the way Jackie had it seems like the way it should stay, but if you are the next owner that would be up to you.

In closing…..

Here is a opportunity for some one to own a real piece of history, to have and hold a one of a kind vehicle. If you want a vintage BMW to cruise in this would not be the one for you. If you wanted a real piece of American history, a truly one of a kind collectors piece, please call us with any questions.

Passing Lane Motors LLC
636-600-1140
Fenton Mo.

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This same BMW was auctioned on eBay back in 2000 and sold for $57,100. The seller has the car listed on their site at $64,995. It’s unclear whether the reserve is set below that figure. It’s never easy putting a value on celebrity cars, as pricing them can be rather subjective. If it’s the right car owned by a celebrity recognized as a car enthusiast, like Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 250GT Lusso that sold not too long ago, you know the price will be through the roof. Ordinary cars, even if it is Jackie O’s BMW, well, that’s another story. That’s especially true when it’s a BMW sedan from the 1970s with an automatic gearbox. If this were a 4-speed manual 3.0 CS coupe, maybe we’d raise a few eyebrows.

Given what the car sold for back in 2000, I’m sure the seller is not going to let this car go cheap. But if I was bidding on it, I’d maybe stretch to the $35,000 mark. Then again, to a fan of the Kennedy family, it could be worth much more. Given the length of time Mrs. Onassis owned this car, it was surely an item she held in high esteem. To most BMW aficionados, however, it’s just another 3.0S.

-Paul

1973 BMW 3.0S

Introduced in 1968, the BMW E3, or “New Six” as it was called, helped bring visibility to the brand and for the first time, had US customers seriously considering a BMW as a luxury alternative. However, unlike other luxury cars, BMWs began to introduce the concept of adding a bit of sport to the mix in a luxury sedan. When the series began, there were two models, the 2500 and 2800, with 2.5 and 2.8 liter engines, respectively. A nomenclature change in 1972, along with an engine capacity increase, brought about the 3.0S, which had a 3.0 liter inline six mated to a four speed manual or three speed automatic. This particular 3.0S for sale in Mississippi is a bit rougher than some of the cars we feature here at GCFSB, but it would be a great candidate for the collector new to restoration, as a few minor fixes would make this a presentable driver.

1973 BMW 3.0S on eBay

1973 BMW Bavaria 3.0 S Inline 6 cylinder Automatic sedan with an all original interior in great shape. I purchased this car in February 2011 for $6900 and has since been in storage, driven only occasionally. I had full intentions to restore this car and really take it to the next level. This car is worthy of restoring. I have too many projects going and will be taking delivery of a new F10 M5 in the coming months and need the garage space. So, the Bavaria has to go. Also, my fully restored 3.0CS and 2002 will soon be going to new home. I will be putting them on eBay soon.

Mechanicals: Easy turn key car seems to start every time and the engine once warmed runs great. The longer it runs seems like the better it runs, I was impressed with the smooth running abilities of this BMW despite of the 38 years of use. I gave it a thumbs up how it runs and the performance of the transmission. Very smooth shifting, sometimes don’t even feel like it shifted. The steering was good drove straight and did not pull, the brakes performed well and stopped when it was requested to do so without delay. Idle is a little rough, the carburetors could use some adjusting. It has been sitting, probably just needs to be driven. 85-90 mph is the sweet spot for interstate driving.

Exterior Body: The paint is in poor condition and it needs to be repainted. There are dents/scratches. From far away, the car looks great, but up close the imperfections are obvious. The paint does appear to be old, and I would say the car was painted somewhere within the past 15 years. There are two small rust spots each about the size of your thumb located on the lower drivers side and I think can easily be taken care of at this point. The rear chrome bumper center bottom portion has some surface rust. Overall it is very solid and I think in good shape in comparison that it has survived so well after 38 years. Shock towers and area around windshield look great. Undercarriage looks to be in okay shape for its age. If you need pics, please ask and I will email them to you.

Interior: Seems to be all original and in very good shape. All the leather looks very well without any issues, the dashboard is crisp and clean, no cracks. Driver seat shows wear. All the gauges work and look very clean and clear. All the plastic looks to be in very good used condition. The headliner is in great condition and the rugs & mats are in good original condition. The interior wood trim is in really good shape. Windows work but are slow. I have two new cranks in the trunk, and come with the car. The new owner can have those installed. A/C does not work, needs new compressor. Original Becker radio works as it should.

The speedometer works fine, however I want to point out the Odometer does not increase so I am not sure of the exact mileage. For this reason, it is being sold as a 79k mile car, but actual miles are unknown. Based on the originality and the condition of the interior I don’t think it could be much more than this. I bought an speedometer off eBay and it comes with the car. Between the two, you should be able to get the odometer fixed. The trunk compartment has all its covering boards, the tool kit is not present. The wheels look to be in fairly good condition alloy has some scuffs but for the age they appear to be in very good condition also along with the rubber tires look good as well, but I would recommend getting new tires. I don’t see why you couldn’t simply start this car up and drive straight home, wherever home maybe.

This is a very decent car that I think it is a good find and could prove to be a good buy, but don’t take my word for it, feel free to come take a look for yourself, you are welcome to do so, in fact I encourage it. I am neither a salesman nor a photographer by profession, just a BMW enthusiast passing my car’s on to another BMW enthusiast. I like to sleep in peace and have no intention to mislead or misrepresent. Please ask for additional pictures/information and make a sound decision before bidding.

Starting the bidding off at $4000 no reserve. I believe this is a fair price and will allow the buyer make the needed repairs and improvements. Great chance to buy BMW history. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding. Selling AS-IS. Buyer is responsible for shipping.

I can’t remember ever seeing a 3.0S in black, but it suits this sedan very well. The opening bid of $4,000 is a reasonable opening price, but I wouldn’t go much beyond $5,500 to $6,000 for this car. Any 3.0S nearing $10k should be a good runner with no faults mechanical faults and but a few cosmetic flaws, if any. With the various fixes needed, such as a potential respray and A/C compressor, one needs to take into account those repairs. Still, this E3 is very worthy of a refresh and is an intriguing alternative to a period S class Mercedes-Benz.

-Paul