Sold: 1972 BMW 3.0 CS ($58,000)

1972 BMW 3.0 CS ($58,000)

June 8, 2015

Photography by Matthew Alvarado

1972 BMW 3.0CS

PRICE: $58,000 


Our Market Finds Contest had some great submissions, and we appreciate everyone’s participation. We have selected this concours-winning 1972 BMW 3.0CS, which has been our friend Phil Auldridge’s pride and joy during his recent retirement. First, some background on the CS itself, considered by many to be one of BMW’s finest.

BMW’s Iconic GT Car

BMW’s Neue Klasse cars are recognized as having been largely responsible for the company’s survival through the ’60s and ’70s, and subsequently, BMW celebrated its solvency in 1968 with its flagship coupe, the CS. Smartly, BMW ensured enthusiasts would be talking about the car for decades after it homologated the CS into the instantly-idolized CSL “Batmobile”, a car that helped to build its sports car credibility. 

The 3.0CS’s “shark-nose” design was an evocative balance between aggression and elegance. This artful nose, low waistline, and pillarless windows contribute to a timeless design that we absolutely adore. 

The Car

A true custodian and enthusiast, Phil purchased the car in Seattle in 2008 as the estimated 4th owner (2nd and 3rd owners were a father and son) and drove the car back to his home in Texas.

Officially, Phil is a retired gentleman, but describes himself as “gainfully unemployed” by dedicating himself to his automotive passion. On any given weekday, you can find him far under the hood of a car in his garage, which is better equipped than many mechanic shops. A true do-it-yourselfer, Phil prides himself on servicing his modest collection, a pursuit he says is the key to appreciating the unique engineering in all of his vehicles. Phil’s weekend gig is running Austin Classic Limo with his wife, which started as a unique way to enjoy his pre-war Cadillac and has grown into a popular wedding service in Austin, Texas. 

Phil’s Verona BMWCCA Concours D’Elegance-winning Red on black European-spec BMW 3.0CS has seen less than 5,000 miles during its tenure in Texas.


Exterior Highlights

Exterior Blemishes

Interior Highlights

Interior Blemishes

Mechanical Highlights

Mechanical Blemishes


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The 3.0CS has been an under-the-radar classic for most its life, and in our experience, we find their owners generally take great care of them. We love these cars for their drivability and quality; BMW truly made a car that owners around the world are seriously enjoying more than 40 years later. Whether you are adding to your collection or indulging in your first vintage car, we only ask one thing of this car’s next custodian: drive it.


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