BMW 3.0 CSi
¬£40000 - 50000*
BMW's so called 'New Class' compact Saloons and Coupes manufactured between 1962 and 1975 quite simply saved the company from extinction. Introduced in 1965, the 2000C and 2000CS Coupes featured distinctive-looking Karmann-built bodies and luxurious interiors and, having set a trend, were superseded in 1968 by the first of the E9 Coupes - the 2800CS. The length and wheelbase of the newcomer were extended to accommodate the 2788cc straight-six engine from the E3 Saloon, and the nose of the Karmann monocoque body was restyled to echo that of its four-door sibling. The 170bhp of the new, silky smooth powerplant was sufficient to propel the handsome Coupe to 60mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of a whisker under 130mph. The fully independent suspension was by MacPherson struts up front and semi-trailing arms at the rear. Braking was still by disc/drums and the steering by a power-assisted ball and nut system. The 2800CS was supplanted by the 3.0CS and 3.0CSi in 1971, for which the engine was bored out to give a capacity of 2986cc - in fuel-injected CSi guise, this produced 200bhp at 5,000rpm.
Finished in Silver with Blue velour interior, 'XGT 454N' displays a credible but unwarranted 62,539 miles and has just been treated to an extensive bodywork restoration, glass out re-repaint and re-trimmed boot. Fitted with a stainless-steel exhaust and riding on refurbished wheels shod with fresh tyres, the BMW is understood to have benefited from a brake overhaul in c.2011 before entering the current ownership. Recently serviced, the 3.0CSi is described by the vendor as being in 'excellent' condition with regard to its bodywork, engine, gearbox, interior, electrical equipment and paintwork. Offered with V5C, collection of invoices and tool kit, it is expected that this stylish coupe will possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale.
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