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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1975 BMW 3.3 Li

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Along with the 2002, the New Six was BMW’s first attempts at branching out to buyers of other luxury vehicle brands, most notably their domestic rival, Mercedes-Benz. Comprised of the E3 sedan and E9 coupe, the New Six was a bit of a different animal than the competition from Stuttgart, aimed more at the driver than those who were seeking a more cosseting driving experience. A number of variants were offered, with the top of the range being the 3.3 Li. This long-wheelbase model packed a 3.3 liter inline-6 packing 190 horsepower and sharp handling that would put BMW on the map for those looking for a more engaging luxury sedan. This 3.3 Li for sale in Freiburg, Germany is one of a handful of these high-end E3s built, with barely 30,000 miles from new.

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1971 BMW 2800

When considering the large BMWs that preceded the 7-series, most in the U.S. will only remember the Bavaria like the 1974 example Paul wrote up the other day. But before the name Bavaria tipped its hat on these shores, BMW was importing both 2500 and 2800 sedans of the New Six platform. The E3 isn’t usually a fan favorite but it really did pave the way for models like the later 5 and 7-series cars; luxurious, sporting sedans. Largely forgotten and with most rusted to oblivion, today we have a neat 2800 that really ups the sport quotient of the E3:

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1977 BMW 3.3 LiA

The BMW E3, or “New Six” was the grandfather to today’s modern 7 series. This was a car that helped BMW emerge from the brink of collapse post World War II and bring it towards the prosperity it experienced in the 1980s. While the stablemate E9 coupe is fairly sought after in today’s market, the E3 has flown a bit under the radar. This 1977 3.3 LiA is a late model build, as 1977 would be the last year for this model. The baton would then be passed to the E23 7 series would then take the top spot in the BMW range. While this is a right-hand drive model, this car was too nice to pass up for a feature, sitting pretty on Alpina rims in a handsome hue of Anthracite metallic.

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1972 BMW Bavaria

I have a soft spot for the Bavaria. It’s not because it’s the best looking BMW from the 1970s, or 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. But the Bavaria was nonetheless an important move for BMW, taking on the larger executive market with an upscale big-body 4-door:

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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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1972 BMW 2800 Euro-Spec

Do you need a show car? We often write up very clean, fully restored and consequently very expensive examples of cars that are desirable, but there are many more than exist below pristine level. Generally if we post one of these cars there’s a large amount of feedback pointing out the flaws. Yesterday, a few of the GCFSB authors went to a local open house in our old – and flawed – cars. None of them are perfect; all have plenty of character from being driven over the years. They have stories about how they got various battle scars, strange modifications and unorthodox thinking to get around a problem or previous owner’s work. Despite this, driver quality cars have a charm that makes them desirable in their own right. Do I love perfect examples of older cars? Yes, absolutely – they’re awesome to see. But so are well presented drivers:

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Portuguese Preservation: Two owner 1974 BMW 3.0Si

After a run of bubble cars and compact, rear engine sedans in the 1960s, BMW decided to return to the large car segment with the “New Six” in 1968, which helped establish the company’s reputation for combining luxury with sport into one neat package. Over 200,000 of these sedans were made over a ten year span, taking BMW to the zenith of the 1970s in better financial shape than it had began. Today, these models serve as a touchstone for classic BMW design features evolved and they prove to be rather more affordable than you would at first assume. This beautiful 3.0Si is for sale in São João da Madeira, Portugal, southwest of the country’s second largest city, Porto. It is also a mere stone’s throw from where my family roots lie along the northern coast.

Year: 1974
Model: 3.0Si
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 102,000 km (~ 63,379 mi)
Price: €18,750 (~ $25,040 USD)

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Ultra original car. Always assisted in BMW main dealer. Always a Portuguese Car.

102,000 Kms. Two owners from new. Last Owner since 1981. Only repainted one time in the late ’80s. Never restored. Perfect Condition.

Unrepeatable opportunity to buy a super original car in perfect condition and never restored. Only for who wants perfect originality. Originality certified by The Portuguese Classic Car Club (F.I.V.A. Member)

€18,750

I’ve seen a lot of 3.0CS coupes in this shade of blue, but the sedan really looks stunning in this color with the blue velour upholstery. Couple that with the fact that this car has been owned by the same person for the last 32 years and you have quite the piece. It’s rare to come across a car of this caliber, let alone in Portugal, which reminds you that you never know where serious collectables are hiding. A 3.0Si like this one in good or restored condition should hover around the $15,000 mark and maybe edge $20,000 if it’s an exceptional example. At over $25,000 USD, this one may be priced a bit optimistic. However, you would be hard pressed to find one that is so original.

-Paul

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

1972 BMW Bavaria

The BMW E3, or New Six, as it was known, was a step in the right direction for BMW in the late 1960s. This, along with the 2002 “New Class” helped better define the vehicle lineup and began to cement the company’s position as a manufacturer of sporty, efficient sedans. Unlike its predecessor we featured earlier in the week, the 3200CS, the New Six had a more advanced overhead cam engine and unit body construction.

It was famous vehicle importer Max Hoffman that goaded BMW into making a special model for the US market, called the Bavaria. This car had less luxury features that the 2800 model featured, but did feature the larger, 2.8 liter inline six. The Bavaria gained a bit of notoriety over the years, as former First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis was known for piloting her Bavaria around Manhattan in the years following her marriage to Aristotle Onassis and subsequent relocation to New York.

This Bavaria for sale in California, while not the most mint example out there, is a great example of a practical classic that you could not only use, but keep up with modern day traffic.

Year: 1972
Model: Bavaria
Engine: 2.8 liter inline six
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: No reserve auction

1972 BMW Bavaria on eBay

This is a super nice 1972 BMW Bavaria that has been owned and restored by a true BMW enthusiast. It has the great color combination of alpine white with blue vinyl interior. The vinyl is the original herringbone and the carpets are the original wool and I’ve added new custom floor mats. The paint and chrome are in really good condition and the car is 99% rust free. Over $8,000 in recent receipts that include a rebuilt 3.5 liter big six motor, new triple side draft Weber carburetors, a Gertrag 5 speed transmission, Stahl header and all new suspension. Suspension components include new Bilstein sport shocks, Ireland Engineering lowering springs, new urethane bushings, larger sway bars and control arms. The wheels are vintage staggered Alpinas that include the rare matching center caps and performance tires. I’ve added a vintage style digital stereo with new speakers and an Ipod hookup in the glove box as well. This car was built to run and is very fast, sounds amazing and handles extremely well. Although it might not be concours condition, this Bavaria is one of the best in the country and it is sure to turn heads at any BMW event.

I have the car for sale locally and I reserve the right to remove the listing if I accept a local offer.

The aftermarket Alpina wheels don’t do a lot for this car, in my opinion. Hopefully the seller has the original wheels, or ones that are sized more appropriately for this car. While receipts for recent upgrades and work are available, it would be nice to know a little more about the history of this car, along with the mileage figure that is on this particular chassis. Naturally, E3 sedans don’t bring as much as their two-door counterparts, and at $13,000, we’re probably a bit overpriced. Given the state of this car and the information provided, I’d say we’re probably somewhere around the $8,000 to $10,000 mark.

-Paul