The compact Neue Klasse sedan of the 1960s were superb cars that gave BMW the reputation for producing practical, well-built and fun to drive automobiles that it still enjoys to this day. In 1968 BMW began to expand its lineup to include a six-cylinder series, the E9. This two-door coupe sold until 1975 and the CS versions came with engines of 2.5, 2.8 or 3.0-liter displacement. The 3.0 CS was introduced in 1971 to replace the 2800 CS, and featured an enlarged version of BMW’s solid M30 straight-six, an engine that Road & Track called “the most sophisticated inline-six in the world”. With twin Zenith carburetors, it made 170 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. The smooth power of the engine combined with the chassis' superb balance made driving the E9 a rewarding experience, and the simple but elegant styling has made it a popular, enjoyable classic for enthusiasts and collectors.
This 1974 BMW 3.0 CS is a very pretty and well-sorted example that is finished in black and fitted with chrome wheel arch moldings, front and rear spoilers, a roof hoop, sunroof, aluminum wheels and Michelin blackwall tires. The interior is tan leather and features air conditioning, a shift indicator for the ZF three-speed automatic transmission and a gorgeous Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel. Radios did not come on these cars from the BMW factory, but this example has been cleanly fitted with a Kenwood stereo system. A beautifully, tastefully prepared example of a pivotal model in the history of BMW, this 3.0 CS is a thoroughly usable sports coupe that will continue to be a satisfying and reliable classic for many years to come.