Old Maroon Shark: 1971 BMW 3.0CS

While BMW is quite an established automaker these days, the 3.0CS was one of its first hits in the United States. Introduced in the late 1960s, the BMW 3.0CS featured a robust 6-cylinder engine under the hood and some of the company’s most iconic styling cues. Though it’s far from a Concours example, this 1971 BMW 3.0S located in Clifton, NJ and found here on eBay isn’t too far gone, and it also has a reasonable asking price of $20,000 or best offer.

The seller notes this 3.0CS is an early production car that they purchased from the original owner, who imported the vehicle from Austria in the 1980s. The car has supposedly only covered 80,000 miles and is fitted with Weber carburetors.

Unfortunately, this 3.0CS sat outside since 2003, which surely contributed to its somewhat worn appearance. The seller claims the car started its life with white paint, and it is unknown when someone repainted it. The paint job at least appears to be thorough, as the door jams and trunk received attention while it was in the paint booth.

The interior of this coupe appears to be in decent shape. While the cabin could benefit from a thorough cleaning and leather reconditioning, everything appears to be there and in remarkable condition for its age, save for a few small tears in the passenger seat.

The steering wheel and shift knob are not original items, but both suit the interior of the 3.0CS nicely.

Look, it even has the trunk-located BMW toolkit!

Though the $23,000 asking price seems fair, this car does have its fair share of flaws. The rust in the front floors and rocker panels is serious, with the seller claiming that he doesn’t have time for this restoration project – which usually isn’t a good sign. While this timeless German coupe certainly has what it takes to see the road again, it will more than likely require someone with serious mechanical and bodywork skills.

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  1. Gloin

    Bought one of these back in 88 ($4500) to play around with on the weekends. Liked it so much it became my daily driver

  2. Patrick Pylant

    I had a 2800cs and truly one of the finest cars I have driven. One of the owners of this one spent a ton of money and converted it to Weber carbs. The CS and the Bavaria with automatics and driveabilty problems. Rust in the upper front fenders was also a problem.

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