Jackie Onassis loved driving her BMW New Six, it reportedly being her favorite car. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe 3.0S was once the top of BMW's lineup here, but will this one's price and condition have you exclaiming Jackie OMG?
Former first ladies and pickups aren't something that typically go together, but considering the vastness of the Internet, I'm sure there's some site focused on that combo for all your freaky fapping fantasies. Not so fap-worthy however was yesterday's 13B-powered 1991 B-2000 pickup.Its not being the torque of the town meant that the non-factory REPU proved disREPUtable, taking home a 64% Crack Pipe loss.
When today's Nice Price or Crack PIpe sechs neue 3.0 was new, it represented the largest displacement sedan in BMW's U.S. stable. Now you can get that in their smallest car - the 1-series, demonstrating how much times do change. Strangely, time seems to have stood still for this 1974 BMW 3.0S, a fact that could be attributable to its having been garaged all its life. Unfortunately, part of that shuttered existence has been the past two years during which time it was not started. That's resulted in its current state in which the seller notes that while it will crank, much like blue-balled early man, it has yet to discover fire.
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The BMW E3 debuted in the U.S. in 1969 in answer to the success of Mercedes Benz' large cars, and was initially offered with either a 2.5- or 2.8-litre M30 six cylinder. The smaller-engined car was also less feature rich - and hence lighter and cheaper- than the 2.8, and in 1971 U.S. importer Max Hoffman convinced BMW to make the bigger motor available in the cheaper car, hence creating the Bavaria - a model name exclusive to the U.S..
This one is not the cheap seats Bavaria but a 3.0S, the name reflecting the 200-cc bump in displacement in the top of the line's 2.8. The 3.0S featured all the luxury accouterments of the day, including leather upholstery, power windows and a sunroof. This one adds to that an automatic transmission, which means in the opinion of many of you, it is not only not running, but its consideration is a non-starter.
If you are still with me here, then you should also be aware that only one of the car's power windows seems to work, its hood is said to need a new respray, and the seller says that when it did run, it didn't do so very well, possibly needing a trained hand on the twin Zenith carbs feeding the big SOHC six.
On the plus side, the car is all original, right down to its classic turbines. All of the trim looks intact and the car seems free of both rust and dents. Inside, the dash is amazingly crack-free and while the carpet does look like it needs a good dye job at least
it matches the drapes it appears unmarred.
The styling of these big Bimmers is timelessly classic both inside and out, and while the 3.0S wasn't as sporty as the M-series precursive Bavaria, it has appeal all its own and remains well outfitted for the era with four-wheel discs and full trailing arm IRS.
Oh yeah, and there's those bumpers. This being a '74 means that it is saddled with the massive aluminum battering rams front and back which may have kept insurance premiums down back in the day but look like ass then and now.
Okay, it's now time to get down to brass tacks and determine if this seller is going to have a hard time moving this 3.0S for his $3,500 asking price. There's a lot to like here - it's a seemingly handsome survivor, and a car that these days would be pretty unique owing to its relative scarcity. On the down side, it's a non-running automatic with bumpers like Coco Austin.
What do you think, should he get that $3,500 for this 3.0? Or, for that much, should he just push it back in the garage?
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