The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1973 BMW 3.0 CSi

Lot No.: 449

Registration: FRN 402M
Chassis Number: 2264105
Engine Number: 2264105
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3000
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Estimate (£): 30,000 - 35,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
The post-war renaissance of BMW began in earnest in the 1960s with the introduction of two pivotal models, the compact 02-Series - the forerunner to the huge-selling 3-Series - and a larger, visually striking CS sports coupé, referred to internally as the E9, which evolved to become the 3.0 CSi, the car offered here. 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.

In 1971, the 3.0CS made its debut in the UK, followed swiftly by the introduction of the more powerful 3.0 CSi fuel injected version, becoming BMW's first 200bhp plus machine, giving it real on the road punch. In recent years, sale prices of its big brother, the legendary 'CSL' have dramatically risen and, not unnaturally, the CSi is beginning to follow.

This, left-hand drive, matching numbers, 3.0 CSi, was originally sold new in Sweden in 1973. In more recent times, a dedicated enthusiast in Denmark has owned the car for 15 years and during his tenure has looked after it on a ‘no-expense-spared' basis. A few years ago, whilst mechanically the car was in good condition, the paint was beginning to show some age so the decision was taken to entrust this lovely coupé to the Copenhagen-based, 'Stelvio Automobili', who were tasked with restoring the bodywork. After it was professionally prepared, it was treated to several coats of the original Polaris Silver Metallic and there are details and photographs in the history file detailing the extensive work carried out.

Our vendor, a senior BMW man, purchased the car from Stelvio two years ago, after the work was completed, registered it here and has enjoyed it ever since. Before he took delivery, he requested the car was undersealed after the restoration. As you would expect, from the love and attention this car has enjoyed, the exterior presents very nicely with a deep shine from the striking Silver metallic paintwork. The interior is excellent and looks to be broadly original, with the correct leather and blue carpets.

The odometer is showing a little over 86,000 km and, whilst we can't verify if this is the total mileage from new, you might tend to believe it given the car's condition. It is fitted with the rare BMW tool kit, four powered windows, and an electrically powered sunroof. Finally, there is a good history file containing various invoices for the aforementioned work, Danish registration documents, more recent invoices, and the fresh MOT Certificate

This very smart 3.0 CSi Coupé is usable on a daily basis and is a stylish way to enjoy classic motoring. A wonderful opportunity to own a very special 'Classic' whose stock is unquestionably on the rise.