Saturday, September 12, 2009
San Francisco Street Sighting - BMW 2800CS
The 2800CS was the first of several models in the E9 series, which continued until 1975. Only 6,283 2800CSs were built between 1968 and 1971 (and if Wikipedia's production numbers are correct, only 641 were sold in the US). I don't know how to spot year-to-year design changes so I can't get any more specific than that. But think about that. Only 641 in the whole United States, and many are likely gone now. Of course, the 2800CS is only one of several E9 models, but it was the first one to be offered with a six-cylinder engine and classic good looks.
This CS is a beauty. She wears classic silver paint and looks pretty darn good for her age. The body is straight and free of rust or dents. The wheels appear to be original but could stand a good cleaning. I found this car outside of an auto service center on a quiet alley, where it sat awaiting attention. I've always had kind of a soft spot for these cars; I think they're very pretty. And having seen at least three or four E9s of various model designations puttering around town, I had no idea how rare they really are. It makes me very happy to see one on the street, especially since those who have them generally keep them in very good condition.