BMW’s E9 series of cars is destined to be a high value future classic. Perhaps it won’t rise to the insane heights of Porsche’s 356 and 911, but it’s a classic shape, and its BMW siblings and Italian cousins (Alfa’s GTV and 2600 coupes) are already rising with the tide. Since E9s were never terribly cheap, always having their E3 sedan cousins to look down at, it’s always a pleasant surprise to find an intact E9 for a reasonable price, even if it is not a runner. And what could possibly go wrong with a non-running 2800CS with some rust in a seaside setting? Check out this 1971 BMW 2800CS for sale for $3000 in Kailua Kona, HI.
There’s surprisingly no visible perforation, though there are also no close-up shots. It would be interesting to know when this car made its move to the islands. Confusingly, the seller says the car is not running, and immediately thereafter, that the engine and transmission are okay. Perhaps that’s meant to say the starter has failed, or that it cranks but won’t start due to fuel or spark issues.
Either way, the seller calls it a restoration project, but it does come with a fresh set of Michelin tires. Fortunately, it’s a manual transmission car. It looks quite complete too, with apparently straight panels, all trim and badging present, and Hawaii plates, though it’s hard to see whether it’s currently registered. Fortunately, it still has the appealing original-spec alloys, though some steel wheels and hubcaps would give it a cool base-model feel. Even in these pictures, though, the paint looks a bit thin, so is likely to be something less than the original Chamonix white finish. The interior is said to be in bad shape.
Depending on how bad the rust is, and it’s probably not great based on the car’s location, the most fun with this car might be sorting out the mechanical issue and basically running it until it collapses or can’t be made to pass its next safety inspection. Then, part it out and send the remnants off to benefit other island cars or return it to the mainland. How many other E9s could there be on the Big Island, or in all of Hawaii?