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Bavarian Barn Find: 1971 BMW 2800CS

1971 Bmw 2800cs Barn Find

Update 11/11/11 – This beater ended up going for $3,550.

This 1971 BMW 2800CS is rough from being stored in a barn for a while, but the seller claims that the underside is rust free and that the engine runs. It is located in Scotts, Michigan and could make a good project for the right BMW enthusiast. Find it here on eBay with bidding at $2,075 and only one day left.

1971 Bmw 2800cs Barn Find Rear

The 2800CS features a beautify body by Karmann. This example has some rust, but it is hard to tell the extent of the damage. The owner was going to send it to the crusher, but the seller claims that they convinced them to list it on eBay first. If the undercarriage really is rust free, this car could still make a good project or maybe it could even be driven as is.

1971 Bmw 2800cs Barn Find Interior

Those sheep skin seats covers would need to go and that interior is going to need some major cleaning. The seller mentions that there is a little mold too, so that will need to be addressed right away. We just hope that the moisture has not caused more hidden rust.

1971 Bmw 2800cs Barn Find Engine

The engine is dirty and it runs a little rough. The seller says that the fuel is really old, so we are surprised that it runs at all. The buyer will need to flush that fuel tank and go through the brakes first thing. The stated 57k original miles makes this project even better.

Bmw 2800cs

Here is what this 2800CS could look like someday. These were great cars when new with their attractive styling and smooth engine. That inline six had plenty of pep putting out 170 horsepower. It actually reached that magic number of one horsepower per square inch. This barn find is going to be a big project and we just hope that it is not too far gone. Do you think it is worth being saved? Or should it just go to the crusher?


  1. Avatar photo Michael K. Wilkinson

    every CS is worth saving. great post.

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  2. Avatar photo Todd Fitch

    Totally worth saving, these cars are rare and awesome! If it was just an early 320i or something like that, I would say, Don’t bother

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  3. Avatar photo Andy Pearson

    I’ve always thought these were the most beautiful BMW model. It’s worth $3000 just to have that beautiful C-pillar curve in the garage!

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  4. Avatar photo Michael

    It’s beautiful, but be absolutely 100% sure the rust will be breathtaking! I would not worry about the underside so much as for the windscreen surrounds, door and hood edges and shock towers. This is a expensive full resto candidate!

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  5. Avatar photo mark

    Don’t waist your time on that german rust bucket. Crush it!

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  6. Avatar photo Bruce

    I drove one these in the early 80’s. A buddy of mine was in the leasing business and he permitted me to drive it. It belonged to one of his clients.This was a brute of a car. Great handling, performance and buttoned down like a vault. I was driving a new 280Z at the time. It made my Z feel like a bucket of junk. I’ll never forget the experience or thrill it put on my face. A timeless and classic styled automobile. Lots of $$$ to restore.

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  7. Avatar photo Peder Jenssen

    Nice find!

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