Dry struts: 1972 BMW 3.0 CSI


Everyone (or at least many of us) is familiar with the E9 series from BMW, but not everyone knows how difficult it is to find one in good condition.


Certainly not because these cars weren’t built well, but because they were sophisticated cars and had the bad habit of rusting in the area between the inside of the front fenders and the front shock absorber strut: this means that to make a good restoration of this model you have to “peel” it like a banana.


In addition to this, spare parts are very expensive (take it from a madman who has restored one) and they are not always easy to find. However I can assure you that if you drive one in good condition, you will be amazed by how modern it feels. After the CSL, the most valuable is the CIS just like this: it looks like a very well preserved car, with all the original parts in place; obviously the paint is no longer as bright as it used to be but it is still acceptable, the velvet interiors are slightly worn but still intact, the tool kit is still in place in the special shelf under the rear hood. Last but not least, the “delicate” area around the front shock absorbers still seems in excellent condition and this is certainly the best news. Find it for sale at €45,000 (today $51,000) here in Cassano D’Adda, Italy.


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