Everyone knows of the BMW 3.0 CSL racer that took Sebring in 1975 with Brian Redman at the wheel. It’s easily one of the most famous race cars in Motorsport history, thanks to its classic “Batmobile” design and BMW’s racing livery. It also thrust BMW into the starlight and gave birth to BMW’s Motorsport Division, which is the basis of the most famous letter in the automotive world.
However, the car that underlies the magnificent 3.0 CSL is the 3.0 CS. The BMW 3.0 CS is one of the better looking BMWs in the brand’s storied history and possibly one of the best looking cars of all time. It’s shape is classic and unmistakable. It almost looks Italian, it’s so pretty. But it isn’t just looks that makes the BMW 3.0 CS so great. What lies underneath the skin is equally as beautiful.
This being a CS model and not a CSi model, it uses the 3.0 liter inline-six engine with twin-carburetors, as opposed to fuel injection. But that’s the one you want as there’s just something so desirable about the way carbureted engines sound. The 3.0 liter engine makes 180 horsepower, revs to 6,000 rpm and is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. 180 hp might not sound like a lot, but ’70s sports cars are quite light, especially the 3.0 CS, so it has more than enough power to have some fun.
This particular model, in Malaga Red with tan leather interior, is in fantastic condition. It only has 127,000 miles on it, which is excellent considering its age. The paint is gorgeous and in good shape, though there are some minor finish flaws in on the front fenders, which occurred during restoration. Much of the car has actually been restored, with a commitment to originality. It does require some TLC, as it needs some minor gasket work and the shift boot has a tear in it. Other than that, however, it looks great and is in fantastic shape.
Now, this beauty does come with a price. $49,000 to be exact, which isn’t cheap for a car from 1973. However, it has very low mileage on it and is in incredible shape. For an avid BMW collector, this car is a great find and is actually better off for having a couple of flaws, this way its owner can drive it without worry of every single rock chip in the paint or small scratch. This allows the owner to drive it the way it’s meant to be driver. And that’s what owning amazing cars like the BMW 3.0 CS is all about.