Finished in Chamonix with blue leather, this striking 1973 3.0 Coupe has been completely restored with tasteful upgrades performed by well known marque specialist Don Lawrence of San Francisco. After purchasing the car in Beaverton OR, the previous owner commissioned Don to upgrade the car's drivetrain. Don sourced and updated a 1990 3.5 litre M30 B34 engine from a 1990 735 and transplanted a E39 5-speed with new mounts and short shifter. A 3.65:1 LSD was also added along with modifications to the speedometer's worm gear so relatively accurate speed is indicated. The odometer is now working but due to a period when it didn't, true mileage is unknown. The clock has been reconditioned by Palo Alto Speedometer and now functions accurately.
With the drivetrain removed, all body issues were identified and fixed. The PO wanted the awkward US-required reflectors and markers removed so that was done and the body was then filled and painted. As expected, some rust was found in both front fenders, rocker panels and the lower portion of the front nose. All rust was removed and the front fenders were replaced and the entire car was repainted below the chrome trim line.
The car's stance is ideal sitting on 16” BBS rims w/Goodyear Eagle GTs and plenty of tread remaining. There is a 5th BBS rim for use as a spare. There is a CSL-style airdam that's been clear-bra'd and installed along w/period-correct Hella driving lights. The suspension was completely revamped and polyurethane bushings were substituted for the original rubber. The adjustable rear sway bar assists the Bilstein dampers and the car rides, handles and stops splendidly.
Inside, new front door cards were sourced and installed incorporating no speaker holes. New, correct carpeting was sourced and installed and a set of Cocoa mats add to period correctness. A vintage Nardi wood wheel replaces the OEM version. Since the leather was redone in its original blue by a previous owner, the dashboard was recovered in correct material with new wood veneer also installed. There is a period Becker Europa radio that plays through the original dash-mounted speaker. The radio has been retrofitted with an auxiliary jack which works with an iPod or iPhone. The OE Hirschman power antenna extends automatically when the radio is turned on.
Other modifications and updates include H1 & H4 European headlights, new front calipers, brake pads and SS-braided brake lines. The A/C system was upgraded to R134a and blows ice cold.
The car comes with a 3-inch binder containing receipts for all work down by the previous two owners totaling well over $30k. Also included are two original volumes of BMW's parts catalog for the 2800-3.0 CS.
Just serviced, this well documented, fully updated and usable classic is a joy to drive that epitomizes style and class.