The year was 1968 and Bavarian automobile designer/manufacturer BMW was on the march yet again. Neue Klasse (New Class) sedans had forced the buying public to reevaluate what it meant to own a practical car. The German carmaker had injected elements of performance, comfort, and style into otherwise by-the-numbers family sedans beginning in 1961 with the 1500 and had steadily doubled down on that innovative concept year after year. And with the routine improvements in both chassis construction and engine performance, BMW had a good deal of flexibility in how they went about formulating subsequent car models. What the 1968 BMW E9 represented was a firm foothold in the purely sport-focused marketplace, a foothold that had been partially established with coup variants of the 2000 model.
Central to the difference between the 1968 BMW E9 and the 2000 series upon which it was modeled was the engine size. In fact, the straight-6 SOHC M30 engine was sufficiently larger than the M10 which powered the 2000 series that the very structure of the 1968 BMW E9 needed to be expanded to allow for its placement. And for adventurous drivers, the expansion was a worthwhile change, as the 2788 cc M30 used in the first generation of E9 models produced 168 horsepower. That was power of a sort categorically unachievable in earlier New Class models and marked a point of graduation for BMW. Once again, BMW had set for itself a high bar to be overcome. Classic car experts and amateur scholars will find much to appreciate in taking one of these early generation E9s for a spin. Work with a practiced expert in the space when you are ready to experience this chapter of BMW lore.
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