I first met the owner of this car in 1991 when my Father and I sold him a ‘one owner from new’ 3.0 Si in Fjord blue. He still owns that saloon today and it is regularly used for trips to Le Mans and Goodwood.
It would appear that I rather underestimated just how much this chap loved E3s. His first memories of them dated back to the 70s as a school boy and riding in a friend’s father’s 2500. That one trip started the love affair with these 70s super-saloons.
Years ago, he had heard of the super rare estate version of BMWs E3 saloon. BMW Motorsport did build some estate versions (Kombis) for internal use and these cars acted as support vehicles to the rally campaign of the works 2002 TIs. These left hand drive versions were never made available to the general public.
BMW GB saw an opportunity and in conjunction with the BMW main agent, Langley Motors of Thames Ditton, an estate conversion was offered to the range of E3 saloons.
An E3 saloon was already twice the price of an equivalent British saloon car and this costly conversion, added to the purchase price of the car, made the total cost stratospheric.
This hefty price tag limited the number of conversions to an estimated figure of 10 – 12 cars. We have seen a number of these over the years both as 2500 and 3.0 Sis. This is the fourth example the owner has acquired and the only one that justified restoration. Sadly the other cars were so far gone they were only good as parts cars.
Although financially uneconomical, he felt a responsibility to save this rare bit of BMW and automotive history, hence a 14-year and no-expense-spared restoration was carried out.
The restoration was to the very highest standard possible. The owner wanted perfection. The car wanted for nothing. The bodyshell was totally restored using genuine factory panels and finished with a bare metal respray. The bright work and trim is all new, as are all rubbers and weather seals. The interior is finished in stunning blue leather with new carpets, Cocomats and period Blaupunkt radio. Mechanically every single component was rebuilt, painted and plated. All suspension, brake components and hydraulics, hoses, fuel lines, brake lines, are new. The engine, gearbox and differential are rebuilt. Not a single mechanical component was left without being either exchanged for new or completely rebuilt.
This is the only surviving E3 estate usable condition. A couple of other examples survive but due to corrosion it is highly unlikely they would ever be restored.
BMW 3.0 SI Estate
Original Blaupunkt radio
6” Alpina wheels
This represents an opportunity for the BMW car collector with everything - to own the last surviving example.
Imagine how cool to be towing your historic BMW race car around with this 3.0 SI Estate.
A lovely history file will be passed to the new owner, documents, original blue wallet, handbook, BMW birth certificate, magazine articles featuring the car, original sales brochure and the exceptionally rare brochure featuring the actual conversion.
This car will pass through our workshop for full check over, PDI and new MOT before being handed over to the new owner.
If anybody reading this was around or worked at Langley Motors, who remembers anything more about these super rare cars, we would love to hear from you.
The 1971 BMW 3.0CS shown here is available in silver with blue interior. It comes with a salvage title and is equipped with a manual transmission, sunroof, dual carburetors, power windows, power steering, dual headrests, solid wheels, sunroof, Nardi steering wheel and includes service records as well .....
A very solid, 1 owner CS Coupe featuring older restoration of body, paint and engine rebuild still holding up very well. Electric Sunroof. Polar Silver with Blue Leather in very nice condition. Factory alloys with low mileage Michellin radials. This CS does not have the typical, rust ravaged body..a .....
FOR SALE; UK RHD CSL // Nut and bolt restoration in progress // Choice of 5
2285 214 - Fjord Blue - COMPLETED AND SOLD.
2285 427 - Fjord Blue - COMPLETED AND SOLD.
2285 147 - Taiga Green - Disassembled ready for restoration
2285 038 - Polaris Silver - Disassembled ready for restoration
This BMW 3.0 CSL offered by Classic Park was produced on 06-11-1972 and extradited to the BMW dealer in Zurich-Dielsdorf in Switzerland 10-11-1972. The first owner received the car on 01-02-1973 (first registration).
The car comes with a BMW certificate indicating that .....
BMW 3.0 CS coupe auto finished in solid black with new black leather with 68000 miles. spec includes electric factory sun roof, electric windows, alloys.power steering, full original tool kit. First class paintwork and body work free from rust. Very rare car in excellent condition.
These cars need little introduction. There were 500 "City Pack " cars imported to the UK in period with the added benefit of Power Steering.It is believed less than half that number remain in drivable condition.Hopefully this may change as values rise and the high restoration costs can be justified!
Located in the USA...
- A very nice 1972 BMW CS Coupe...with many pics to see more.
(I also have 1972 BMW 3.0 CSI Polaris interior disassembled and ready for paint for sale or trade)
- If you're looking for the right car to own and one day restore, but a daily driver for the time being, .....
VERY nice and original 1975 BMW 3.0CS. Good running/driving car. All original from the first owner. It has French registration and is therefore a European car. A perfect original interior. Nice original, good useable car. Can be driven anywhere.
Take a look at our website www.stolzeclassiccars.nl .....
Located in the USA...Rare USA market car and 1 of 183 made in its last year 1971.
1971 BMW 2800CS E9 4 Speed Manual – Alpina Euro Front Spoiler -Genuine Alpina Wheels – Last year 2800 = US-specs....
Body Style: Coupe
Located in NZ.
Located in the New Zealand...
Price is $159,000 USD...
1973 BMW 3.0 CSi Coupe = RHD Full nut and bolt restoration by Auto-restorations of Christchurch New Zealand.
- One of the best in the world.
Delivered new to Sydney BMW in 1973. Then purchased in .....