BMW 3.0 CSi with M5 Power Under the Hammer

BMW 3.0 CSis are becoming ever more valuable and collectable, so it might seem like sacrilege to take a rare, right-hand-drive Karmann-bodied variant and modify the heck out of it. That is until you see one like this, which is going under the hammer on November 16th through H&H Auctions at Donington Park.

Just 207 RHD examples of this car were built, with the one you see on this page being supplied in August 1973 in Fjord Blue. Originally, it would have been powered by BMW’s 3-litre straight six which used Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection to produce 200hp. However, this one is a little bit different.


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Subject to a total loss in 1991 (for reasons unknown), it was acquired by restorer, Costa Ouloupis in 2005, as a personal project. Breaking daylight some six years later it was a labour of love that is nothing short of remarkable. It is effectively a bare shell, nut-and-bolt rebuild albeit with new panels replacing the old ones, repainted in its original Fjord Blue. Where the real genius lies is under the bonnet, however. Rather than install a like-for-like replacement of the original 3-litre six, the drivetrain has been swapped out for that from an E34-series BMW M5. According to the blurb, Mr Ouloupis wasn’t satisfied with the replacement six’s power as standard and therefore overhauled the unit, installing Shrik camshafts, to bring estimated power up to 325hp. The engine is complemented by the M5’s close-ratio five-speed gearbox, limited slip differential, uprated Bilstein suspension and more stopping power hidden behind the 16-inch Alpina alloys.


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The 3.0 CSi’s interior also received the upgrade treatment courtesy of the donor M5 by installing the beige leather seats all-round, giving the car opulence on the inside and really completing the package for any potential buyer.


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Since it was restored and upgraded, this car has apparently completed around 3,000 miles and, judging by the pictures, scrubs amazingly well. With its guide price being £28,000 – £30,000 it also looks like pretty good value to us at BMW Car and there is more than one of us who wishes we had £30k going spare!

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