Monday, 28 October 2013

BMW of the Week – 1973 BMW 3.0cs – BARN FIND!


“Barn Finds” are talked about rather frequently amongst classic car collectors, no matter their preference in automobiles.  It’s a story of driving down a country road and out of the corner of your eye you see the sun reflecting off the chrome of a car just sitting half covered in a shack.  After approaching the owner you come to find that it belonged to their grandfather and has just been “sitting there” since the 70′s . . .



This RARELY happens.  With the dawn of the internet and increased popularity of classic cars, the possibility of a car like this slipping into your fingers is almost impossible.  However, this 1973 3.0cs is a true and ultimate “Barn Find.”  As I’ve said before, I’ve seen and worked on hundreds of 3.0cs cars and this, by far, is the most amazing one I’ve ever seen.



Ceylon is one of my favorite colors, but is not liked by all.  It was orginally delivered to a family in Utah where it was hardley driven and spent most of its time garaged inside a barn on their property.  The gentleman who owned the car pasted away and left it to his grand-daughter.  The current owner begged her to sell it for over 3 years until she finally agreed.  Current mileage is 22,619.



Original engine break-in procedure sticker and emissions sticker still on the original glass with the right amount of fading and shrinking.







Trunk linings and tool kit as delivered.



The engine bay is completely original.  I took off the air cleaner to make a few carburator adjustments and the carbs looked and adjusted as if they were installed yesterday.



The interior is very clean with the original wood and leather showing very minor wear if any at all.





The Trim and Chrome throughout the car is in immaculate condition.  Today’s chrome is not of the same quality and depth, so it is a real treat to see such exceptional chrome on this car.



If you know your 3.0cs cars, you’ll see a tiny detail in this picture that is yet another tribute to how clean and original this car really is.



I know what the customer paid for this car and I can tell you his persistence paid off.  This car is just not replaceable.  I’ve seen no other coupe in the world that can touch this one as far as its overall original condition.  It has not been restored, never been re-painted and it boasts an amazing amount of preservation.  The owner removed the cardboard engine belly pan in order to save it.  I’ve only seen one 3.0cs belly pan in the last 7 years and I’m not certain it was original!

If you want me to put a dollar figure on this car so be it.  If I owned it, there’s not a snow-ball’s change in hell that I’m letting anyone grab it for under $150,000.  This car is just too incredible.  A time-capsul of a car and I’m fortunate I was able to work on it, and meet its new owner.  It’s in very safe and appreciative hands.

Chris Keefer





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