Wednesday, February 25, 2009

69,000 Mile 1972 BMW Bavaria

Another great idea from BMW importer Max Hoffman. Just as Hoffman had convinced BMW to put their 2.0 liter engine in their 1600 sedan and create the BMW 2002, he also convinced them to drop their 2.8 liter inline 6 into their 2500 sedan and create the Bavaria.

Sold only in the US, the Bavaria, while not as popular as the 2002, had just as much of an impact on BMWs future in the United States. This was the car that showed the US car buying public that BMW could make a big sedan equal to or better than any of the Mercedes Benz sedans. Certainly the Bavaria was more sporting than any sedan MB was importing at the time. The 7 Series and 5 Series cars that came later owe a great deal to the Bavaria.

This Bavaria, being offered on eBay, looks like it's been in a time capsule. The interior, exterior and engine compartment look almost as good as they did the day they left the factory.

Rust has claimed most Bavarias, but this one, having spent time in California, seems to be rust free. Though with any Bavaria it's a good idea to check the front and rear shock towers.

While the older 6 cylinder BMW coupes are becoming more and more expensive, the prices of Bavarias have remained reasonable. The opening bid on this car is a very reasonable $2900.00

There are very few Bavarias left in this condition. If you're looking for a great riding / driving older BMW sedan, one that is an important part of BMW's early history in the US, then this Bavaria may be the car for you.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this 1972 Bavaria.

Click here to see the Senior Six Registry website. A really well done site dedicated to the BMW E3 cars.