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1972 BMW 3.0 CSA

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The Project

This 1972 BMW 3.0 CS Automatic (E9) arrived into the Carrosserie workshop in September 2022 for a full restoration, including bodywork and mechanical.

17th February 2023: Brand new floor installed. Repair to footwell and inner sills. Replacing outer sills. New door skins to be added.

7th December 2023: New boot floor and door skins installed. Various fabrication repair works to parts of the doors, boot, and rear of the car.

> More updates to follow.

The BMW 3.0 CS is a stylish coupe from the golden era of BMWs ‘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.

BMW was on a roll in the 1960s, introducing bigger, more sophisticated models. Its recovery began with the 700, followed by the sporty Neue Klasse saloons. For the NK coupés, the 2000 C/CS of 1965, design chief Wilhelm Hofmeister and Manfred Rennen took their cues from the Giugiaro-penned 3200 CS.

The shape was deftly facelifted on a longer wheelbase to become the E9, launched as the 2800 CS in ’68.

At full capacity making mainstream saloons, BMW decided to have the low-volume coupés built by Karmann.

The E9 CS was nicely finished and expensive – indeed, the 3.0 CSA cost more in the UK than an Aston Martin DBS or a Jensen Interceptor. Good though build quality and equipment levels were – there was even a drop-down tray full of tools and spares in the panelled boot lid – under the skin the news was not so good.

Karmann’s rust protection was minimal.

Values fell to rock bottom in the 1980s when many cars were neglected. Finally, the rare, homologation special CSL began to attract attention. Just 1265 were made, using thinner steel throughout, plus aluminium bonnet, boot lid and door skins. It is now highly collectable, the ultimate being the 3.2-litre ‘Batmobile’.

1973 BMW 3.0 CS | Classic Car Restoration | Carrosserie
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I cant recommend Carrosserie highly enough, the service was exemplary from start to finish and the workmanship is second to none. I highly recommend giving the team a call for any work you need doing to your classic car, no matter what it is, you will not be disappointed!
Dr Tim Moss
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Thank you to all at Carroserie who have provided absolute commitment, professional expertise, the ultimate in personal service and 'tender loving care' for my 84-year-old car.

I cannot recommend Carroserie highly enough.
Nigel Cramp
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Great friendly and helpful team at Carrosserie. Highly quality work. This is the second time I've used their services.

Highly recommended if you want quality restoration or paint work.
Phil Sage
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The work carried out here is like magic, the standard the cars leave is fantastic, the cars they restore are works of art!

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