In April, BMW opened its Classic Center Customer Workshop aimed at accurately restoring old BMWs. As of two weeks ago, the workshop had completed its first full restoration of a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSi, delivered by BMW Welt to its owner.
"The successful restoration of the BMW 3.0 CSi shows that we are on the right track," said Ralf Vierlein, head of sales and aftersales at BMW Group Classic. "[Together] with our partners within the BMW Group network of facilities, we are capable of restoring vehicles to the highest quality standards and to individual customer specifications."
And in this instance, the individual customer's specifications were of high importance. The owner of the 1972 3.0 CSi not only wanted his car restored to show quality, but also wanted the standard four-speed manual transmission replaced with an automatic transmission. BMW happily provided the switch and, after consulting with the BMW Group Archive, found a fitting transmission in a 2.8 CS. Two prototypes had been made with automatic transmissions years earlier, and the transfer into the 3.0 CSi was successful.
The rest of the 3.0 CSi was restored to original condition, which required substantial bodywork repair, as well as tackling several gremlins in the electrical system. Additionally, the entire interior was redone to standard specifications with fittings possibly better than they were from the factory.
BMW Welt, a distribution and exhibition center for BMW in Munich, was extremely pleased to present the vehicle, the first full restoration from the BMW Classic Center Customer Workshop, and the first classic car presented, to its owner. After successfully delivering the first car, BMW Classic Center hopes to continue restoring vehicles for customers with its vast array of available resources.