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BMW 3.0 CS 1972
BMW 3.0 CS 1972


1972 BMW 3.0 CS

Coachwork by Karmann

Chassis no. 2240160
Engine no. 2240160

2,986cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Carburetors
172bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Desirable 4-speed manual carbureted 3.0 CS
*Matching numbers example delivered new to San Francisco
*Classic BMW E9 with powerful six-cylinder engine
*Good candidate for rallies such as the Copperstate 1000

THE 3.0 CS

BMW returned to six-cylinder power for its top-of-the-range models in 1968 with the launch of the 2500 and 2800 saloons together with the stylish 2800 CS coupé. Designated 'E9', the latter was powered by the 2800 saloon's M30 engine, though its running gear had more in common with the existing, four-cylinder 2000C/CS. 

The 2800 CS's replacement by the similarly styled 3.0-liter CS in 1971 brought with it numerous improvements, including four-wheel disc brakes in place of the old disc/drum combination. With plenty of power on tap, the 3.0 CS was good for in excess of 130mph.


This fine E9 3.0 CS was sold new on June 8, 1972 to Bernard Von Ammon of San Francisco, California. Von Ammon had owned a 2000 CS that he had been very happy with, so in January 1971 he ordered a new 2800 CS through Weber Motors in San Leandro, CA. He was willing to wait the estimated three months for delivery, but was informed in May that there had been a mix-up and his car not been ordered at all, and that he would instead be receiving a newer 3.0 CS with its more powerful engine, again to his specifications. The months passed once more and there was still no BMW. Frustrated but determined, Von Ammon contacted BMW directly, and it wasn't until eighteen months had passed since the original order that he finally received his new E9, the example now offered here.

Finished in Verona Red with a black interior and equipped with a sunroof, the 3.0 CS appears much as it did when new, and is all in all a very original, matching numbers car that has neither received nor ever needed significant restoration. Von Ammon took special care of his 3.0 CS and kept records from the communication among him, Hoffman, Weber and BMW to its maintenance history through to his passing in 1979. Its subsequent owners have taken similarly good care of it. Ready for spirited touring, the BMW offered here is one of the most iconic designs from the celebrated Bayerische Motoren Werke


BMW 3.0 CS 1972


Sold for US$ 43,450


  • Model: BMW 3.0 CS
  • Year: 1972
  • Coachbuilder: Karmann
  • Designer: Bertone/Hoffmeister
  • Seller: Bonhams
  • Country: USA
  • Contact: www.bonhams.com
  • Auction: The Scottsdale Auction 18-01-18
  • Auction date: 18 January 2018
  • Tags: 1972, Bertone, BMW, Bonhams, Karmann

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