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Lot 120: BMW 3.0 CSA Coupe (E9)

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

Launched in 1968, the BMW E9 Coupe was one of the most handsome cars ever to roll from the Munich factory. Sleek as a shark, it had a wonderfully elegant and airy cabin with slim windscreen pillars, a large glass area and a tastefully restrained wooden dash. Initially powered by a 2.8-litre straight-six, this was replaced by a 3-litre unit in 1971 that produced 180bhp on Solex carbs, later 200bhp with Bosch fuel injection which gave it a top speed of 140mph. The E9 platform, particularly the 3.0CSL lightweight, was very successful in racing, especially in the European Touring Car Championship and the German DRM series which helped to establish BMW's status as a sporting driver's car. Only 30,546 E9 Coupes were built in total before production came to an end in 1975, of which only a very small proportion were in right-hand drive making them a rare sight on UK roads today. This example is a CSA model with the optional ZF automatic gearbox and was purchased by the vendor back in 1988 from a friend who had owned it since 1972. According to the V5 it was first registered in this country in August 1972, however is 'declared manufactured' in 1971, the vendor suspecting that it may have been purchased under the military scheme whereby staff serving overseas could buy cars tax-free. After 5 years of light use the car was treated to some bodywork restoration in 1993 at a cost �2,500 including work to the roof area, front panels, and front wings. The car was then reassembled, lead loaded, repainted and waxoiled. Used for a short period afterwards, the car was then put into dry storage where it has remained ever since. It appears to be an essentially sound example which now needs recommissioning after a lengthy period off-road.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number120
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating4
Registration numberJKA 867L
Mileage-
Chassis number2210495
Engine number2210495
Engine capacity (cc)2966
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2