– truly unique BMW 3.0 CSI convertible
– built in 1974 as BMW 3.0 CSI, driven by several owners until 1987
– intricately and elaborately converted to its current shape over the course of two years
– 185 kW (251 hp) engine, automatic gearbox and electronic components from BMW 745i (E23)
– full leather interior with heated Recaro sports seats
– power windows, central locking with remote control, cruise control, trip computer
– air conditioning, power steering, sound system
– electrically actuated soft top
– fully street legal, all components have German type approval
– mileage since conversion reportedly over 300,000 km
– recent Classic Data appraisal states replacement value of € 100,000 (condition 2-, 2017)
– German registration documents and historic plates
– in the words of its creator: “one of the most beautiful convertibles BMW never built”
For some people it is one of the most desirable BMW coupés of all times: the “New Six” CS, internally called E9, which was presented in 1968. It was based on the New Class coupé (2000 C / 2000 CS), but featured a longer wheelbase and longer engine bay, as well as a front resembling the then-new E3 luxury sedans. While all of this contributed to giving the coupé a more elegant appearance, its choice of engines also helped to increase the appeal of the E9 as BMW’s top-of-the-range coupé: The M30 straight-6 cylinder engine was offered with originally 2.8, later 3.0 litres of capacity and a power output of up to 151 kW (206 hp), just like in the E3 sedans. The elegant body was built by Karmann at Osnabrück.
Unforgotten are the successes of the E9 on the racing track, where the lightweight version 3.0 CSL secured many victories. The cars had as of 1973 been given a bizarre-looking aerodynamic package which earned it the nickname “Batmobile”.
The E9 was discontinued in 1975 when it was replaced by the E24 “6-series”, but went on to dominate racing until 1979. With 30,546 units built, it had outsold its predecessors by far.