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Old 08-11-2007, 08:14 AM
Richard Batchelor Richard Batchelor is offline
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Default Richard Batchelor's BMW 3.0CS Coupe

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1971 BMW 3.0CSi Owner: Richard Batchelor

BMW built around thirty thousand E9 CS, CSi and lightweight CSL coupes between 1968 and 1975, with engines of 2.5, 2.8, 3.0 and 3.15 litres, plus the famous "Batmobile" race versions of 3.5 litres (naturally aspirated) and 3.2 litres (DOHC, turbocharged, 750 bhp!). The cars were raced in the European Touring Car and FIA World Sports Car championships (the late Peter Brock raced a CSL "Batmobile" at Le Mans in 1976).

The main problem today with E9 coupes is rust, which can be attributed to the fact that manufacture of the body shells was outsourced by BMW to Karmann, where rust prevention apparently was of low priority (the Karmann company remained in existence until April, 2009, when the doors were closed for the last time). So beware of any 'cheap' BMW E9 coupes you see advertised - the dreaded tinworm will be munching away in places you cannot see. However fully restored E9 coupes now command high prices, reflecting the cost of restoration, the fact that they remain a great car to drive and because of their timeless elegance.

My car was manufactured in June, 1971 for the UK market and apparently imported into Australia during the 1980s. The 3.0 litre engined model was available with either carburetors (3.0CS) or fuel injection (3.0CSi). My car appears not to have been road registered in Australia, although one former owner used it for track days. It was tatty and rusty, but drivable, when I bought it in December, 2004 and a bare-shell rebuild commenced shortly thereafter.

After blasting by Thomastown Sandblasting, the body was restored by Bill Rama of Ajay Panels and the mechanicals by Ian Burrell of IDB Automotive. The car was rewired by Frost Auto Electrical, the suspension upgraded by GT Suspension, the CAMS roll cage installed by Brown Davis and the interior trimmed by Unique Auto Interiors. Calder, October 2006 saw the car's re-launch, and it has since been raced at the Sandown, Phillip Island and AMRS Winton historic meetings, and at various track days. From 2006 until early-2009 the car was raced with twin Zenith downdraught carburetors, after which conversion of the engine to 3.0CSi fuel-injected specifications took place, for a modest power gain. The car has club plate registration.


Body All steel, weighing approx. 1240 kgs. Engine 6 cylinder, chain driven single overhead cam, cast iron block, light alloy head, 2999 c.c.; Bosch fuel injection; reground camshaft; modified head, valves, pistons etc; free flowing exhaust; Bosch ignition; Odyssey battery; approx. 210 bhp at flywheel. Transmission Close ratio BMW Getrag 4 speed, by Metric Mechanic, USA. Rebuilt BMW LSD by Linwar Motors, U.K. Suspension Front - McPherson strut/lower wishbone, coil springs, telescopic shocks. Rear - independent, semi-trailing arms. Bilstein shocks. Steering ZF recirculating ball. Braking Front and rear 10.7in discs; ATE master cylinder; braided hoses; competition pads. Fuel System 45 litre RCI plastic fuel tank; Facet fuel pump. Cockpit OMP race seats; Schroth 6 point harness; Sparco steering wheel; RPM window net. Wheels: Performance Superlite; Dunlop 205/60x15 D01J tyres.

Last edited by Richard Batchelor; 08-07-2009 at 09:47 AM. Reason: ADDENDUM TO BMW 3.0CS NOTE
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Old 30-11-2007, 12:24 PM
JMSBND JMSBND is offline
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I saw this car at Sandown. A very smart looking coupe. Congratulation s on the restoration.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:38 PM
Richard Batchelor Richard Batchelor is offline
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Belated (very!) thanks, but much appreciated.
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