1972 BMW 3.0 CSi
- Serial # 2250265
- 106,771 miles
- Malaga Red over tan
- 5-speed manual transmission
- Mechanical restoration/ upgrading done by La Jolla Independent
- Three owner vehicle with long term oenership
BMW CS series was one of the masterpieces of the 70s. Few cars in history could deliver a combination of style, driving enjoyment and motorsport success like this one. On the road, the CS was highly praised for beautiful style, a superb straight-6 engine, great handling, elegant interior and everyday usability. In the motorsport world, its racing version the 3.0 CSL dominated the touring car scene during the 70s, winning the European Touring Car Championship six times.
The CS started life in 1968 in the form of the 2800CS. It was derived from the earlier 2000CS, but the modifications were so thorough that BMW opted to give it a new codename, E9. It received a lengthened wheelbase, major restyling, new suspension and a 3.0 liter engine offered with a 9.5:1 compression ratio, Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection, and 200 horsepower at 5,500 rpms per minute.
This engine was remarkably smooth, flexible and powerful for its capacity (200hp) enabling the car to boast a top speed of 270 km/hr. The car also shone in other areas, from handling, ride, comfort to mechanical refinement. At the time Car and Driver wrote: “By any standard in the world it rates as a truly great automobile – an automobile that yields enormous dividends in driving pleasure… excellence, competence and a car that’s near impossible to match anywhere in the automotive world.”
Since its delivery on July 26, 1972, this 1972 BMW 3.0 CSi has had just three owners, the second of whom enjoyed the car for 25 years, until October 2011. For much of its lifetime, this beautiful CSi was continuously maintained and upgraded by the marque expert La Jolla Independent. Some tasteful upgrades include a 5-speed manual transmission, burl wood custom interior trim, and 16″ Alpina wheels.