2020 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
1972 BMW 3.0 CS 'Automatic' Coupe (Project)
|Engine||In-line 6-cylinder, 2985cc|
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Originally launched in June 1965 as an elegantly styled pillarless coupe with a two-litre four-cylinder engine, it wasn’t until 1968 that BMW reworked the model with the Munich company’s refined and powerful SOHC straight six to created one of the finest grand tourers ever made. Codenamed E9, the CS’s Karmann-built bodywork featured revised styling with a much-improved frontal aspect and an interior expensively finished in either cloth or leather, with wood facia and leather-rimmed steering wheel. Under its svelte skin, the CS was beautifully engineered, boasting independent suspension front and rear, power-assisted steering and a four-speed gearbox with the option of a Borg Warner automatic transmission. The ultimate 3.0 version was announced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, with 180 horsepower on tap from the smooth six-cylinder engine thanks to twin carburettors, increased compression ratio of 9.0:1 and bigger displacement. With a top speed of 215 km/h, the 3.0 CS was a relaxed long distance cruiser, perfectly at home on the autobahn, but BMW also enjoyed plenty of success with the highly developed 'Batmobile' CSLs in the European Touring Car Championship, battling with Ford's Capri for top honours throughout the mid-1970s. The 3.0 CS remained in production from 1971 until 1975, with just 3,667 automatics built in this period, followed by an even smaller run of 215 fuel injected cars completed to right-hand drive specification. Contemporary road tests lavished praise on the new 3.0 CS but high prices in Australia meant few ever reached these shores and surviving examples are now highly prized collector's items.