1973 BMW 3.0 CS

Modifying a vintage car can be risky business. Sometimes the results are better than others. The BMW E9 coupes is an interesting study in that modified versions with engine upgrades and 5-speed gearboxes seem to be valued more than the original survivors out there. Perhaps it’s a testament to BMW’s engineering prowess that with a few updates the E9 can be acceptable for everyday driving duties. In addition to the ever popular 5-speed gearbox conversion, this 1973 3.0 CS for sale in California has had a whole host of modifications, the most obvious being the M6 engine swap, which was done in the late 1980s.

1973 BMW 3.0 CS on eBay

This 1973 BMW 3.0 CS/M6 “Hotrod” has only 25k original miles from new, with no rust ever! Silver exterior with blue leather. This 2 owner California car is the most amazing 3.0 CS you could ever imagine. Owner #1 bought new in Mill Valley, California from Mellow Motors the authorised dealer of the day, he sold the car to owner #2 in 1982 and he has owned ever since! The story regarding the conversion is that owner #2 was out for a spirited drive one sunny California day and had a BMW 2002 Tii pass him and leave him behind, he loved his CS but was unwilling to think he would be beaten again by a lesser vehicle so started to formulate a plan to gain the much needed HP he was looking for. After agonizing over this dilemma for quite some time, he opened a car magazine one day in 1987 only to see that BMW had launched the new for 1988 M6 coupe. He knew this was the answer to his problem so he set out looking for a motor/gearbox for this brand new model. It didn’t take him long to find an M6 that had an accident and he purchased the car post haste.

All records of the build are available and the car is equipped as follows:

1988 “Euro” spec M6 engine
1988 “Euro” spec 5 speed transmission
BMW M6 aluminum radiator
3.45 limited slip rear end
M3 (E36) brake rotors
C5 (Corvette) brake calipers
EBC brake pads
535i BMW brake master cylinder with hydralic boost
Suspension Techniques 28mm front sway bar
Suspension Techniques 22mm rear sway bar
Suspension Techniques springs
Bilstein struts
Dinomax Ultra free flow stainless muffler
“Ireland” battery relocation kit for trunk
Custom aluminum stress bar across front shock towers
Custom hydralic hood struts
1988 BMW/BBS 16 x 8 rims (from 750il)
BF Goodrich Comp TA 205/55 R16 front tires
BF Goodrich Comp TA 255/55 R16 rear tires
Signed Nardi steering wheel
VDO competition tachometer with shift light
VDO gauges for water temp,battery,oil pressure
Autopower 5 point safety belts
CS front air dam
1″ metal flaired fenders
Aluminum race style fuel inlet
Removed side markers and trunk emblems
Recessed antenae

This car was built using all of the best components available in 1988, her owner had an unlimited budget and it shows everywhere you look. The car was built in 1988-89, was a complete frame up restoration/build. The car is rust free and has never had any accidents or damage of any kind. She has travelled 2500 miles since being built and shows like a much newer car than her 40 years would suggest.

I’m a bit perplexed by the market for the E9. There is no shortage of well kept examples out there, but prices seem to be all over the map. At the end of last year, Aaron featured a 1973 3.0 CS that was as original and a true survivor. That car had a $35,500 buy it now price. Then there was the modified 1973 3.0 CS we featured in April which had a 5 speed gearbox and updated alloys like this car. It was in much better shape and was advertised at $75,000.

This car is currently at $75,000 and has not met its reserve. While the M6 engine probably makes this car a hoot to drive, I’d rather limit the mods to the 5-speed box for better highway cruising and leave it at that. While this car isn’t in bad shape, the leather interior could use a bit of attention and the aftermarket tachometer and updated gauges certainly don’t do the car any favors. Certainly a good bit of money went into this car, but in the end, this car is worth probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000 to $40,000. There have even been a few other similar, non-modified 3.0 CS coupes on eBay recently for under $20,000. These were not basket case cars, but good drivers with higher mileage and a few imperfections. Only the very best, museum quality 3.0 CS coupes are going to bring the big dollars.


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.


1974 BMW 3.0 CS

Following on to the trio of 8 series coupes Nate featured, here is the 8 series progenitor, the E9 3.0CS coupe. From 1968 through 1976, this was BMW’s flagship model with the 3.0 liter straight six with twin Zenith downdraft carburetors. With 178 horsepower on tap, these were comfortable cruising machines which left little to be desired for the ultimate motoring experience. The E9 has seen a bit of a resurgence in values in the last decade, as the later and more refined E24 6er seemed to always garner more favor with BMW enthusiasts. This particular 3.0 CS for sale could quite possibly be the best you could buy, but it begs the question: is this car over the top for most collectors and encroaching too much on the rarified air of the legendary CSL?

1974 BMW 3.0 CS

1974 BMW 3.0 CS, VIN: 4310374

This stunning BMW has seen only 7,076 miles since its 2008 restoration. The meticulous revival was overseen by La Jolla Independent of La Jolla, California who performed all the mechanical restoration work including the suspension, air conditioning, and full assembly with invoices totalling over $43k.

The mechanical restoration featured:

– 1988 3.5 liter fuel injected BMW motor. Completely rebuilt including new pistons. 250 hp.
– New BMW 265 5-speed gearbox
– Air Conditioning
– All parts were NOS BMW

Body and paint work was done by Robbie, a renowned independent body and paint contractor from Southern California. Additionally, the tan leather interior was meticulously restored by Juan Ortiz of Ortiz Auto Trim in Costa Mesa, California.

– Alpina 16” Wheels
– Garmin Navigation System (hidden in dash)
– Original AM/FM Becker Europa Stereo (upgraded with Ipod adapter)
– Carl Nelson lowering springs
– Newer Bilsteins all around
– Suspension Techniques sway bars
– 5 series window motor upgrade on front windows
– Quartz conversion for clock
– Nardi steering wheel
– AC upgraded to a sanden pump and converted to R134-A
– 3.0 CSL front airdam
– Sunroof

The original matching numbers engine and transmission were preserved and are included with the sale. This exception 3.0 has recieved a thorough concours quality detailing at Canepa Design and is ready for touring and enjoyment!

From the dark graphite paintwork to the Alpina wheels, this E9, at least for me, sums up BMW perfection. There are just so many details on this car that I am pouring over, like the steering wheel and the slick job of integrating a modern navigation system, not to mention the upgraded 5 speed gearbox. Hats off to the restorer for doing such a great job, but I can’t help but think this is a classic case of someone investing money in a car that won’t recoup it anytime soon. Those familiar with Bruce Canepa knows he offers quality cars that fetch commanding sums, but the best example of a 3.0 CS might hit in the mid to high $30,000 range, with the possibility of reaching into $40,000 territory. The restoration alone on this car cost $43,000, so if I had to guess, we’re probably looking at around a $60,000-ish E9 coupe. I could obviously be way off, however. If I was independently wealthy, price no object, I would pull the trigger because I think this is an absolutely stunning example of one of the most graceful pillarless coupes ever produced.


1974 BMW 3.0CS Hartge H15 5 speed

Here we run across the common problem of the undocumented tuner car. This BMW appears to have been modified by Hartge, but comes with no official documentation. Fortunately in this case it doesn’t look like a simple later badge only car. The owner claims the car has a 3.3/3.5 engine pulled from a 5 series and tuned by Hartge. It also has had a Getrag 5 speed manual tucked underneath. That nifty combination surely makes this a bit sportier to drive.

The car looks nice in the blue color inside and out. The interior looks great with proper wood steering wheel and shift knob. The outside looks quite clean with some minor signs of age. The 130,000 miles shows the car has been enjoyed.

The car has had aftermarket springs and sway bars added. With the car already not being original I think those horrible U.S. bumpers need to come off ASAP. This could be a real fun car to spend some time sprucing up. The price puts it out of the range of the average project car hunter. The opening price is $18,500 with a reserve. It will be interesting to see if this gets any bites.

1974 BMW 3.0CS Hartge H15 on eBay


Pretty 1972 BMW 3.0 CSi 5 speed no reserve

Another market value gauge here with this no reserve sale of a beautiful 1972 3.0 CSi. There is something special about these cars. The 2 door pillarless couples of the early 70s from Germany have a certain look and feel to them that I can’t quite figure out, but they stand out. The rear and side views of the E9 are prettier than the front, in my opinion, but that doesn’t detract from the overall picture.

The 3.0CSi sports a 200 horsepower inline six and when mated to the 5 speed manual, as in this car, you can be certain to keep the car in the power band as well as have fun.

This car originally sold in Italy and has been a project car for the current owner who has done a nice job bringing it to its current state over the past year. A list of some of the things the seller has fixed on the car include:

*Full complete repaint with PPG paint in Baikal Blue 
*New CSI stripe decals in black 
*New rubber window seals front and back 
*New upholstered factory Recaro seats front and back 
*New Burlwood trim for that elegant finish (original wood pieces removed and refinished in Burl Walnut) 
*New covered vinyl dash, shifter, and rear hat tray (dash has no cracks and looks beautiful) 
*New Michelin tires less than 50 miles   
*New clutch kit 
*New clutch master cylinder 
*New clutch bearings 
*New heater hose/coolant hose 
*New battery 
*New exhaust hangers 
*New starter 
*New reseal cylinder head rear gasket

The interior looks wonderful and it has maintained its Euro spec VDO gauges. The look and clarity of these VDO units make it no surprise that they were seen on many German cars, like Mercedes.  The seller seems to be up front with a couple of the issues with the car and provides ample photographs documenting the car for potential buyers. The photos show an engine bay that could use a little tidying for overall presentation points, but again this car really looks nice. The low mileage, a few ticks under 58,000 miles will help make this car reach full value in the sale. As a bonus this car sits on appropriate 14″ Alpina rims.

The 3.0CSi isn’t especially rare, just under 8000 were produced, not counting the thousands that made up the other variants of the E9. However good examples are bringing strong prices, the highest of course for genuine CSL models. Any original low mile and good condition 3.0CSi can be looked at with investment potential. This one is at just over $17,000 with a little time left, I expect the price to climb by several thousand. The decent description and plenty of nice photos and videos  really help the listing make this car look its best with no surprises.

1972 BMW 3.0 CSi 5 speed no reserve on eBay




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.