Chris Earnest's 1972 BMW 3.0CS


Side View

This car was built to American specifications on July 29, 1971 and delivered to the BMW importer Vahabzadegan Corp in Teheran on Sept. 28. The first owner imported it to Los Angeles sometime before June 1975, when I bought it from him. Price was $9000 (a bit more than it had cost new), mileage was about 36,000. I used it as a daily driver until the end of 1997, mostly in southern California. Current mileage is about 230,000. The engine was replaced by a BMW rebuilt at 160,000 miles, and the transmission was overhauled once (by Vasek Polak). Restored in 1999-2001, with new paint and seat leather, and in 2007 Weber carbs replaced the original Zeniths. Still has the original carpets, tools, and Becker radio.


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