Fully-Restored 1971 BMW 2800CS Should Fetch A Pretty Penny

This 1971 2800CS should appeal to just about any BMW collector, as well as to most fans of classic BMW models. It’s been fully restored and its original 2.8-liter engine was replaced with a 3.3-liter in-line six.

According to the Bring a Trailer ad, the car was previously stripped down during the restoration process in order to address any concerns regarding rust. Unfortunately, because of the belt-line trim being re-installed too early, a few “nickel-sized wrinkles” appeared in the finish.

New features include a La Jolla independent suspension kit, genuine 16-inch Alpina wheels, Michelin tires, a 3.0 CS rear end, disc brakes, 5-speed manual and the previously-mentioned non-original 3.3-liter engine, which boasts a CSi block and head, as well as triple Weber 45 DCOE carburetors.

Inside, it comes with new tan leather upholstery, wood trim, an aftermarket steering wheel, Blaupunkt head unit and new stereo speakers. Meanwhile, its A/C system has been updated with a rotary compressor and a cross-flow condenser. The ad specifies that the factory clock is not operational.

Overall, this 2800CS isn’t exactly what we’d call mint, and the fact that the odometer shows 60,745 miles (97,759 km) isn’t putting a smile on anybody’s face. However, the design of the car remains quite stunning and we’re certain that lots of people would jump at the chance to put this 47-year old classic Bimmer in their garage.

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  • dumblikeyou2

    Awesome. I hope one day technology allows roof pillars to be that thin again and still meet today’s safety standards because the proportions of this car are so balanced. Nothing compares today.


  • Good for daily runner but not for those who like a good prime example of the car. Pass for me.

  • FunctionForm

    What a shame. That interior is terrible. Looks like someone spent the money on new leather but didn’t know how to install it. That’s too bad. A great car obviously in the hands of an amateur. You maybe gotta give ’em credit, but the work all has to be redone.

  • SamuraiJack

    “…the fact that the odometer shows 60,745 miles (97,759 km) isn’t putting a smile on anybody’s face”

    Yeah, isn’t it disgusting how someone actually enjoyed driving it instead of keeping it in storage and trying to make a profit on it decades later…

    • TheHake

      I cannot believe the owners didn’t drive it MORE!

  • Fully restored? Ask for a refund please…

  • smartacus

    i knew someone who had one.
    He said he bought it off some
    Billionaire. It felt really smooth.

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