Lot 50 (Chateau Impney, 10th July 2016)
Registration No: EU-Reg
Chassis No: E2230275
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2000CS Coupes featured distinctive-looking Karmann-built bodies and luxurious interiors and, having set a trend, were superseded in 1968 by the first of the E9 Coupes - the 2800CS.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 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 CS guise, the silky-smooth six-cylinder engine had an output of 180bhp, which was sufficient to rush the handsome Coupe to 60mph in 7.9 seconds and on to a top speed of over 120mph. The average fuel consumption was quoted as 21mpg. Production ran from 1971 to 1975, during which a total of 4,455 CSs vacated the production line, all of which were equipped with left-hand drive.
The 3.0CS now offered was manufactured in 1972 and is finished in the attractive combination of Light Metallic Blue paintwork and Black leather interior trim. It currently displays a notably low but unwarranted 24,000 kilometres and, following a respray as recently as this year, is considered by the vendor to have 'very good' paintwork, and 'good' bodywork, interior trim, straight-six engine and three-speed automatic transmission. This desirable BMW was recently featured in a Dutch motoring journal and comes equipped with factory-fitted sunroof.