This 1975 BMW 3.0 CSA (E9) is a stylish and low-mileage coupe, from the golden era of the brand’s ‘New Class’ design language. It is powered by a smooth and characterful 180bhp 3.0-litre M30 straight-six engine on twin carburettors, and is coupled to a three-speed automatic transmission. Now showing a credible mileage of just 42,000km (26,000 miles) from new, this 1970s classic is ready to bring a touch of elegance to any occasion.
The BMW E9 was styled by Wilhelm Hofmeister – creator of the now-famous ‘Hofmeister kink’ – and the bodywork was manufactured by the Karmann Karosserie company. This particular car is a late example of the model, understood to have been delivered new to Germany, where it remains to this day. It has been owned by the vendor for the last nine years.
Its ‘Nachtblau’ coachwork has almost certainly been treated to a professional respray at some point, and it remains in excellent condition with a glossy and even appearance. All of the brightwork and badges are in very good order as well. The car sits on an original set of 14-inch, 20-spoke BMW light alloy wheels, which are in sound condition.
In the cabin, the buttery Cognac leather provides a great contrast to the deep blue paintwork. The seats have retained their shape and padding to an impressive degree, and the upholstery is in generally very good shape. As the photos show, there are some scuffs and discolouration to the driver’s seat bolster, and only minor marks elsewhere, which could easily be improved by specialist re-connolising.
The car is equipped with a period Frigette air-conditioning unit, installed behind the gear lever, which the vendor reports is not currently functioning. It has manual-winding windows at the front and electrically-powered rear windows. The original four-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of the later style dashboard, which – along with the door tops – features inlaid dark walnut wood veneers.
At the time of its launch, the 3.0 CS boasted an impressive chassis specification. It featured independent suspension all round, as well as a dual-circuit braking system with ventilated discs on all four wheels. This particular car is in fine mechanical condition, having been well maintained throughout its life. It was last serviced early in 2019, and is covered by a valid German TÜV certificate.
Yearly maintenance has been supplemented by more extensive work whenever necessary. In 2010, it received replacement shock absorbers, new brake discs and shoes, a fresh set of spark plugs and four new tyres. In addition to a full service in 2016, the front and rear axle were renewed, and the braking system was fully refurbished with new pistons, brake fluid and master cylinder.
At the time of launch, the original brochure for the 3.0 CS called it: “A high class car to fulfil high expectations”. It is rightly regarded today as one of the most handsome BMW designs of all time, and one of the finest evolutions of the ‘New Class’ era. This car is a terrific example of the breed, and is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner who appreciates its timeless style and sophistication.