1974 BMW 3.0CSi

I’ve made several references comparing the BMW 8 series to a few Ferraris, suggesting that it was perhaps a budget alternative to running a 456GT, for example. However, the E31 isn’t the only Ferrari-esque design to come from Munich; in many aspects, the E9 coupe shared some visual DNA with the Ferrari 330 2+2 from the 1960s. Now, for some that may sound like heresy and I can appreciate that; but take off the Rosso-colored glasses for a moment and look at the side profile of a 330 GT versus the E9 coupe; it’s nearly identical. The rear end treatment was quite similar as well, and while the grill on the BMW was obviously quite different the two even shared a quad-headlight setup. Obviously, underneath the Ferrari had that wonderful Colombo V12 versus the rather pedestrian inline-6 in the BMW; but pound for pound the BMW punched hard, especially in CSi trim. With 200 horsepower on tap it was certainly no slouch, especially in the midst of the oil crisis which neutered most V8s in America. It would take another two generations for the Big Three to break back into the 200 horsepower realm with nearly double the displacement of the E9. But the E9 wasn’t about straight line performance; it was a whole package – a speedy grand touring coupe with luxurious appointments and gorgeous looks:

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Motorsport Mondays: 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

The “Batmobile” is a legendary car that helped to both define BMW’s place in global motorsports and to solidy its presence in the sports sedan realm. Sure, they had competed successfully for years in touring car and sports car races, not to mention substantial involvement in motorcycle racing. But the bread and butter of BMW’s 1980s reputation was built on their sporting nature, and that legacy was born in the 1970s touring cars. The CSL was a message to the world, much like the Porsche 911RS was – BMW was a major player, and here to stay. They’ve since built upon that racing legend, but enthusiasts look back upon these models as the ones that spawned the dreams of countless children – the lucky ones of which would go on to buy new BMWs in the 1980s. It’s not often that you see a well presented CSL with racing pedigree come up for sale, but there’s a stunning example available today:

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1970 BMW 2800CS

“Restomod” is probably a word that’s overused and misappropriated often. I’d consider any car with period-correct or period-inspired modifications, updated to make it more fun to drive or more reliable, and cleaned up to look a bit more sporty while still retaining the essence of the car a “restomod”. Nothing important is taken away, but some of the shortcomings are improved upon – or, at least made more enjoyable. Looks wise, there isn’t much that you can do to improve the E9 BMW – it’s a timeless classic design, beautifully elegant and simple. I wrote up a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC on our sister site, Classic Italian Cars For Sale, and it’s amazing how similar the overall look of the two cars is. Yet, while you wouldn’t dream of resto-modding a $800,000 Ferrari the prospect of changing your E9 – especially when it’s not the most sought after model – suddenly becomes much easier. As such, I really think the seller of this E9 made a pretty design much prettier with some minor modifications, some nice period details and a bit more sport with a heart transplant:

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1974 BMW 3.0CS

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I recently got to play one of my favorite games, in which I finally catch the drivers of cars I often see parked and get to chat them up a little bit. In this case, it’s a silver 3.0CS that is very straight but has clearly been a daily driver since it was born. The owner cautiously espoused his love to the random stranger who had so briskly made a u-turn on his bike, but it was fun to get a little peek into the life of one of these absolutely classic BMWs. Today’s example is significantly nicer than the silver DD, thanks to low mileage, a beautifully restored interior, and the fact that it’s BROWN. I’ve been so pleased to see the rising appreciating for well-done brown sports cars, and this is the perfect example of how far brown can be from beige. All those nice things about it push this E9 into *gasp* modern BMW-price territory. I’d take this in a heartbeat.

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1973 BMW 3.0 CS

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The 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 we featured over the weekend garnered its fair share of attention, in no small part due to its unusual transmission, a 4-speed manual. While most would expect a large Mercedes coupe to feature an automatic, the opposite is true for BMWs of the period, specifically the E9 Coupe. This 3.0 CS for sale in Southern California is equipped with an automatic gearbox, ideal for those looking to cruise versus carving up the back roads.

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Double Take: Original and Extra Spicy 1977 BMW 630CSis

Earlier in the week I wrote up a pristine, lower mile E12 528i that was a very pretty color combination and rare to see. The early generation cars of the 1980s – the E12, early E24 and E21 – are still in collector no man’s land; they’re in general not sought after enough to justify expensive restorations, and they’re not valuable enough for people to keep in pristine condition. They’re also not the best performers that BMW has produced; but in spite of that they’re all pretty cars and when well presented it’s a reminder of how clean and desirable some of these early BMW designs were. Few are as pretty as the original Paul Bracq designed E24 with it’s low, lean and long stance. Bespoilered later in life the design become increasingly cluttered and more aggressive, and while that has a certain appeal the early cars really do express the original design better. Today there are two examples, surprisingly, of the early run 630CSi – in your choice of original or modified “extra-spicy”. Which would you prefer? Let’s start with the modified version:

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Belated Motorsport Monday: 1973 BMW CSL Race Car

One of the best ways to get into a classic race car is to buy a fully built replica. While everyone really wants the real deal, no one wants to step up to pay the bills; and even if you did, would you really have the serious coin necessary to race a near priceless original race car to the max? While undertaking one of these race replica projects can be entertaining to say the least, more often than not the best way to get into one of these cars is to buy one that’s done. Today’s CSL replica is no stranger to the interweb faithful; it’s been featured on sites such as Bring A Trailer multiple times, and it’s up for sale again. In one of the most recognizable liveries run on German cars from the 1970s, sit back and soak up this awesome visual feast:


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Top of the Market: 1965 Porsche 912 and 1975 BMW 3.0CS


While we here at GCFSB usually try to find the best deal for your hard-earned money, the reality is that sometimes it’s hard to find mint-condition cars at a budget price. Increasingly it seems that we find lots of examples of really nice cars that investors and speculators are trying to capitalize on by setting the price in the stratosphere. Such is the case today; two lovely examples of two very opposite cars that are both priced well outside of their respective markets. The question is, what is uniqueness and perfection worth? Let’s take a look at the first, an impressive restored condition 912:


Year: 1965
Model: 912
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 68,935 mi
Price: $59,980 Buy It Now

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1965 Porsche 912 – Excellent condition, rust-free car with a fresh restoration. Rare 5-speed transmission. Shows beautifully and runs like a champ. Refinished in original Champagne Yellow with Green Leatherette interior. 68935 actual miles. Original motor redone during restoration; transmission was replaced with a correct 5spd. Recent Michelin XZX tires installed. Certificate of Authenticity included. An all-around stud that needs nothing to drive and enjoy.

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This is a beautifully restored car even if it isn’t the most popular color combination. Rob has written up several 912s recently like this 1969 912; I agree with him that there is a beauty and simplicity about the original 901 design that makes it very special. The 912 captures that innocence well. As 911 prices have risen they’ve pulled the more-affordable 912 along with them. However, at roughly double the going market rate for even a really nice example of a 912 and well above Hagerty’s top value estimate, is this the 912 to buy? Well, if you want a show-ready car, perhaps it is, though I still think it’s priced too high. Speaking of priced too high….


The BMW E9 is another steadily rising star in the classic German motoring world. Long considered one of the best looking BMW designs, finding good condition 3.0s is very difficult. This car is the polar opposite of the 912; big six in front, Taiga Green on the outside and tan inside. It certainly looks fantastic with the deep front airdam, Euro bumpers and trunk lip and BBS alloys. The green is also a really unique and period correct color for this example. However, as Paul showed with his recent 3.0 CSi post, value on these cars lies in between $35,000 – $45,000 for some of the better examples. While this example looks splendid, the seller claims the mileage may be off and the paint was redone, making you question the quality of the restoration and what – if anything – it was covering up. Still, it’s drop dead gorgeous, so take a look:


Year: 1975
Model: 3.0CS
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 9,168 mi
Price: $63,900 Buy It Now




3266 Post Rd

Southport, Ct 06890

203 256 9800



VIN 4300610

The Classic Car Gallery is proud to offer this 2-owner (2nd owner for the past 24 years) 1975 BMW 3.0CS coupe. The car was brought over from Europe in 1984, is a very low mileage original EURO car, in her correct TAIGA GREEN (she shows 9600 miles, but judging by condition, we believe her to have approx. 40,000 miles). She has not been driven more than 1000 miles in the last 15 years (we have documentation verifying this). The car recently underwent a comprehensive inspection by noted BMW E9 RESTORER MATT McGINN OF SPORTS CAR RESTORATION in Plainville, Ct. In lieu of a description, I have included Matts review of the car below;

Hi Steven,

I’m at the shop after a long day, I did forget your card at home, hope this generic email off your site gets to you.

We had a good time looking at the coupe yesterday, thanks for calling us in on this mission.

I am working on the written impression of the car, but as I am trying to really nail every detail that Dennis, Tim and I took in, it is taking longer than I’d hoped.

In short, you can quote me on any of the following if you have buyers prior to be sending you the report.

Car is in top ten percent of e9 coupes from a body/paint perspective. Driving up to the shop and seeing the car in the lot my first impression was positive. Period-correct Mahle wheels, the CSL wheelarch trim, color, cleanliness all spoke. I can’t say the year/proximity to end of production adds value necessarily to me, as they were serially-produced, but the euro bumpers on a late CS are great and the color is great.


Engine has compression leakage through piston rings into crankcase. As a weekend car, not something likely to cause major oil consumption or fouling plugs, etc. More driving may help the rings seat better. Plugs looked good when removed, not black and rich, not white and lean. We could not test on-road manners of car but a buyer can do this. Brake sticking issue may be solvable by fitting new front calipers, but double check the master cylinder and/or pedal linkage to make sure there is not a hydraulic issue (MC) or just a physical binding issue (bad bushing in the linkage) keeping some pressure on the calipers. Just a little pressure in the MC or linkage equals much more binding in the front brakes than the rear by nature.

Color is re-sprayed but likely original color and done well. Glass-out, doors-off good comprehensive repaint. Not cheap, now or ever.

Car has never had a panel changed, and has never had rust repair and does not need either as a high-level driver car. Rust areas in front of doors are an “option” fix as they are not likely to grow given a typical classic car’s use. It will also not spread to adjacent panes. As a driver-level car, you leave that spot alone.. Areas of concern (front structure, frame rails) are dead-original, never-repaired, never-rusted and need no repair. Slight surface rust on isolated spots on floor pan. No evidence of repair. Rocker panels are original.

Trim, seals and interior excellent. Replaced with BMW factory parts and in great condition and fit well. Dash is excellent, no cracks. Wood veneer on dash, door-panels have appropriate age. Speaker grille on dash has original fabric behind grates. All seat trims, especially the seat rail covers excellent. Appears to be original upholstery. (I am researching this as this is one aspect of the late coupes I am not 100 percent familar with.)

I saw on your site that the car was for sale for $XX,XXX. You’d asked yesterday about my opinion on the value. That’s tough for me as we’re focused on building cars for owners, but I can tell you this, if you got a complete donor car for free, you could not build a car of this caliber for $XX,XXX. it would be double that, triple that for something REALLY nice And to boot, you’d have to really find a rust-free, never-hit survivor to build from, and even then then you could not do it.

Thanks again, much more to follow.


Since Matt’s inspection, we have rebuilt the carburetors, installed new front brake calipers, brake lines and master cylinder. The car now runs and stops as she should. These E9 COUPES are among the most collectible cars of the 1970s’ and is bound to appreciate. This particular car is stunning in its originality, (THEY ARE ONLY ORIGINAL ONCE!!!) and it may be the nicest original 3.0 CS on the market today. Feel free to call 203 256 9800 or email Steven@classiccargallery.com if we can answer any of your questions.

The 3rd party inspection of this car is interesting and unique to include, but the question remains as to whether this car is worth 50% more than most similar models? Well, again, if you want this color combination in a show ready vehicle, here you go. Preparing vintage cars to this level is not a cheap proposition, and as the 3rd party inspector notes you could easily spend 2-3 times the sale price on a free vehicle trying to make it perfect. For me, I think I’d rather have a slightly less perfect example that I’d be happier to drive, but since neither of these cars are museum quality the future owner could likely enjoy occasional trips without really negating value. Does that mean they’re a good deal? Well, at the top of the market, no they’re not – but if you want to take the easy way out, this is how to do it. Spend a little more up front and get the best car you can and it’ll save you headaches in the long run. For me it would be a tough choice between these two, but I think ultimately I’d choose the 912 over the 3.0 just because it seems a little more honestly presented and has less questions than the BMW; though I have to say, I think the BMW is the better looking of the two by a margin.

Which would you choose?


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.”


1973 BMW 3.0 CSI

With some classic cars, it’s hard to improve on the original design. The Porsche 928 comes to mind. So fluid and pure were its lines that any attempt to add a spoiler here or wheel modification there distracts from the overall aesthetics. The BMW E9 is a different story. This is a car that looks good in stock form but can also withstand a tasteful modification or two. Even the factory CSL version had a butch, purposeful look that took it from the ordinary to the extreme. This 1973 3.0 CSI was brought to our attention from our reader EB and is for sale with no reserve. The bumperless front end does a lot to accentuate the early shark nose look. If Mad Max was a bit more refined, I’d imagine he’d pilot something like this.

Year: 1973
Model: 3.0 CSI
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 7,347 miles
Price: No reserve auction


Selling for no reserve. Final bid wins…

Unique 1972 BMW 3.5 CSI Black on Black with upgraded 3.5 liter fuel injected motor and 4 speed manual. This is a genuine 3.0CSI E9 coupe from Europe. Never produced for US Market. It was originally delivered to Italy. These are rare to find. Purchased as a project and invested several thousands to make it an outstanding example of a Resto-Mod E9 coupe.

First thing you will notice is the striking black glossy paint and 17 BBS polished Style 5 wheels. The front has a very nice custom front spoiler with integrated vents and front bumper was deleted. It really highlights the shark nose front end. The side markers have been shaved along with rear BMW trunk emblem. All other emblems and vent grills have been replaced. I have all of the receipts for parts purchased for build and will provide to new owner.

Paint and Body
Car has a fresh repaint from 6 months ago. Body was painted with PPG black paint. Original factory color was Fjord blue. Lower rust in rear quarter panels was cut out and replaced with Jaymic replacement panels from the UK. Both outer rockers were replaced as well. Floors, trunk well, and shock towers are very solid and not rusty. Front corner markers were replaced with new Italian clear orange lights. New door locks and door stops. New windshield.

The motor upgrade was performed by Don Lawrence. Original 3.0 CSI motor had weak compression in one of the cylinders and we took this opportunity to convert the motor to a 3.5L B35 motor with 9:1 compression from a 7 series BMW. Motor had approximately 80k miles and strong compression. Head was removed and rebuilt. Also all of the fuel injectors were replaced along with fuel rail. Plenum, intake tubes, and valve cover all sent out for powder coating. Transmission was solid and only needed new clutch and resealing. Shifter linkage and bushing were replaced to have smooth tight shifting between gears. New battery. New alternator. Upon assembly we replaced water pump, thermostat, hoses, cap & rotor, wire set, replaced jetronic unit, fuses, relays and more.

Brakes and Suspension
Braking system was fully inspected and many parts were replaced such as new front and rear rebuilt calipers, pads, master cylinder, and stainless brake lines. Next we replaced many suspension parts. Bilstein shocks, Carl Nelson performance springs, strut mounts, tire rods, and idler arm. Fuel system needed servicing so tank was removed and cleaned, new fuel pump, new seals, and new fuel hoses.

Next the car was given an entire new interior. Carpets were replaced with German loop black carpet, Seats are reupholstered with factory look and new foam padding. Door panels, console, shifter, dash, and rear hat tray were all replaced at the same time. Headliner was sprayed dyed black to match. Custom Carbon Fiber dash and door accents replaced the boring factory wood. Custom aluminum gauge panel holds two VDO gauges (oil temp and oil pressure) in lieu of the speaker grill. Steering wheel is replaced with 320is factory sport wheel.

Whats left
Mostly electronic issues. Speedo, brakes lights, signals, wipers, sunroof, rear windows, fuel gauge and reverse lights are inoperable. There is a fuse that pops and a short that needs to be traced. The custom gauges are not wired yet. No spare tire. Missing visor.

This is an amazing car and gets tons of attention and thumbs up. Black is one of the most stunning colors on this coupe. The chrome and black just really make the car pop. It is truly a unique build and may not be for the E9 purists but I built it for my own use and had already restored a few E9s in the past. The car is very fast and strong. Motor and transmission are very healthy. Big difference from the stock 3.0 CSI power plant. The suspension is incredibly tight and handles beautifully. Once the car is fully sorted it is car show worthy and a real hoot to drive with the bigger motor. The perfect road rally car!

Clean title in hand. Email for more info.

Work done:

3.5L B35 motor conversion (approx 80k miles on motor)
Head rebuilt
Clutch replaced
Trans serviced
Fuel injectors/rail rebuilt
Powder coated plenum
Powder coated valve cover
Shift linkage rebuilt
New brakes- New front calipers, rebuilt rear calipers, pads, stainless brake lines, master cylinder.
Fuel tank drain and cleaned, fuel lines replaced
New fuel pump and filter
New Bilstein shocks
New Carl Nelson performance springs
New Carl Nelson suspension mounts
New tie rods, center link, idler arm bushings
New Water pump, thermostat, hoses
New belts
New flex disc
Door locks replaced
Relays replaced
Rockers replaced
New interior
Seats repholstered
New Carpets black German loop
Carbon fiber dash and door accents
New Dash tray
Vinyl wrapped dash and console
Custom front spoiler
Front bumper delete
New Italian side markers
New hat tray
New sunroof seal
New windshield
New hood pad
New rubber seals on window front and rear glass, trunk
Side markers shaved and rear BMW emblem shaved
Restored BBS style 5 wheels
New tires
All new fluids and filters

I’m sure everyone will have a few qualms with this car. For me, I’m a huge fan of Fjord Blue and it was disheartening to discover this was the car’s original color. But, different strokes for different folks. At least black isn’t the most offensive of hues. Also, this car does have its needs but it certainly is good base for someone who likes to tinker a bit. In light of that, the seller has been realistic keeping this a no reserve auction and letting the crowd decide on where this car’s value lands. Given what we’ve seen other E9s go for, I’d suspect this one will probably wind up edging $30,000 if just a tad over.