Launched in 1965 as an elegantly styled pillarless coupe with a two-litre four-cylinder engine, it wasn’t until 1968 that BMW reworked the model with the Munich company’s refined and powerful SOHC straight six to create one of the finest grand tourers ever made. Codenamed E9, the CS’s Karmann-built bodywork featured revised styling with a much-improved frontal aspect and an interior expensively finished in either cloth or leather, with wood facia and leather-rimmed steering wheel. A twin carburetor 3.0 version was announced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, with the fuel injected CSI launched a couple of months later using the latest Bosch D-Jetronic system.
With its beautiful lines, purposeful stance and pillarless doors, styled by famed German coachbuilder Karmann, the CS grabbed instant attention. Powered by a superbly engineered straight six, three litre engine, this fast, sharp-handling cruiser had performance to match its looks. BMW now had a new face look that would come to define the company's image for the rest of the century.
It seems every car company has a springboard car, a vehicle that put them on the map and announced it had arrived. For BMW that car may well be the E9. The E9 chassis was so modernly styled that its basic shape and styling elements sustained through 1989, when the last 635CSi rolled off the assembly line. Today, the E9s have become exceedingly collectible with both purists and racing enthusiasts alike.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Exterior: Polaris Silver Metallic
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 65,009 KM (As indicated at time of photography)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered, 2 previous Owners noted on Registration
This Motor Car: We are pleased to offer this very rare BMW Certified right-hand drive, matching numbers 3.0 CSi, that was originally manufactured in March 1974. It is one of only 207 Right Hand Drive CSI’s ever produced, less than half that of the number of RHD CSL, of which a modest 500 were made. This particular CSi has changed hand twice in Hong Kong both via Classic Insider.
Purchased by its first Hong Kong owner in 2013 from Munich Legends and subsequently self imported to Hong Kong in 2014. Service records dating back to 1997, the car has always been well-cared for. Mechanically the car is in great health, the fully original bodywork and the original Polaris Silver Metallic paint is in very good condition. Some chrome and rubber trims shows a bit of age but overall, the car is in great condition. The interior is original, except for the upholstered front and rear seat leather. This example sports a set of handsome Alpina wheels while it comes with the original CSi Wheels. A surprisingly icy cold air condition system was installed in 2013. It is also fitted with the rare BMW tool kit, four powered windows, and an electrically powered sunroof. Finally, there is a 25 years history file containing various maintenance, parts invoices, MOT records and license disc.
This very smart 3.0 CSi Coupé is usable on a daily basis and is a stylish way to enjoy classic motoring. Instantly recognisable and a highly desirable collector’s vehicle. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a very special classic whose value is unquestionably on the rise. In recent years, sale prices of its big brother, the legendary 3.0 CSL have dramatically risen and, not unnaturally, the CSi is beginning to follow. This car will be an outstanding addition to any collection
70's Fabulous Styling and built by the famous coach-builder Karmann
Exceptionally Rare, 1 of 207 RHD 3.0 CSi
Good & Original Condition, Hong Kong Registered, ready to drive
25 years of service records
Classic Insider condition score: 85 points out of 100
Original. Older restoration but very well-kept and consistently maintained. Presented in Polaris Silver Metallic, the exterior has good paint and exterior trims are mostly in good condition. The Alpina wheels are un-curbed and relatively fresh tires are mounted. The Interior is perfectly preserved and original except for the radio. Comes with air conditioner. Engine bay and trunk is tidy. Sparingly used but consistently serviced. All service records from the past 25 years are presented.
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2019- 2022 (KOLO & CO)
- Annual service and MOT
- Annual service
2015 (60,468 - 60,611KM)
- Annual Service
- New Horn
- Renew clutch master and slave cylinders
- Renew Sunroof cable
- Repair Radiator and core
2014 (60,041 - 60,389KM)
- Annual Service
- New set of tires
- Reweld hand brake handle top panel
- New sunroof rubber
- New rear window rubber
- Renew front and rear shocks, springs, rubber, stablizers, new steering rods and arm bush
- Install front tower bar
- New Pioneer head unit and speakers
- Respray front fascia
- New Battery
- New Front & Rear brake pads, Brake Disc, Renew calipers, Brake hose, bleed Brake Master Cylinder and Power Servo.
2013 (United Kingdom)
- Minor Restoration work done by Munich Legends
- Air Conditioning system Installed
- BMW UK Group Certificate issued
- UK V5 changed to current owner
1998 - 2013 (United Kingdom)
- BMW and external specialist Service records
- MOT records
- License Disc
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
BMW's low-budget Isetta 300 microcar had been instrumental in providing BMW with necessary cash flow for the struggling company. The 3.0 CS was also a very important vehicle for BMW, as it helped change the company's image from makers of low-budget automobiles, to quality, performance vehicles. Starting in the late 1960s, BMW introduced the 1600 and 2002, cars that helped create the sports-sedan category and redefine BMW performance. These were followed by the BMW Bavaria, a full-size sedan that combined elegance and performance. Hence, the 'Ultimate Driving Machine' mantra was born, and BMW set its sights on producing a personal sports-luxury car known as the BMW 3.0 CS. This was a low-production automobile with only 1,172 units produced in model-year 1972. The inline 6-cylinder engine was sourced directly from its counterpart full-size 3.0 sedan and could paired with either a 4-speed manual or automatic transmission. The coupe body was labor intensive to build, and thus was sent out to Karmann—a coach builder of impeccable reputation. The result was a beautiful personal luxury car that offered comfort, handling and status.
Produced from 1968-75, the 1972 model had a 3.0L engine that produced 180 HP, an improvement over its predecessors that carried a smaller-displacement engine with less horsepower. Considered to be BMW's pride and joy, the three-liter was in production for the following two decades. Replacing the 2800CS, the 3.0CS was introduced in March of 1971 and featured a bigger 180bhp engine and 4-wheel vented disc brakes. In September of 1971, the 3.0CSi was introduced and featured Bosch Fuel Injection, 200bhp and Longer Final drive. A total of 8,199 3.0CSi's were produced. The 3.0CSL was introduced in May of 1971 and introduced a 3.0 Carb engine, plexi-glass windows, stiffer suspension and sports seats and alloy panels. The following August the 3003cc 3.0CSL replaced 2985cc 3.0CSL.
Each and every coupe was built by Karmann at Osnabrück, in north-west Germany, though saloons were all assembled at Munich. These models used running gear and were shipped 600km from Munich by train. The Karmann business is responsible for building numerous VW Golf's and Ford Escort cabriolets in the more recent years.
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