As the 1960s were drawing to a close, the leadership and engineering teams who had contributed to BMWs unlikely survival could look back on a remarkably successful decade which gave every indication of leading into another. One New Class model after another had been met with favorable evaluation by automotive experts and with excellent sales in both European and American markets. But the Bavarian car titan was just getting started, and the supremely well-conceptualized 1969 BMW E9 signaled as much to buyers and to the automobile industry as a whole. In its first production year, 1968, the 2800 CS version of the E9 had seen fewer than 200 units roll off of the assembly line. This was the manufacturing equivalent of dipping a toe in the water. In keeping with that analogy, the 1969 BMW E9 was a full-on cannonball into a deep pool, as over 2500 units were released to the buying public.
Explaining the demand did not require any mental gymnasticsthe car was a powerhouse and very pleasing to the eye. Since 1962, BMW had steadily beefed up its under-the-hood muscle while improving their chassis designs and making cosmetic changes here and there. In many respects, the 1969 BMW E9 was simply an inevitable incarnation of that consciously achieved trajectory towards engineering excellence. The mighty M30 SOHC motor, a hulking straight-6, yielded the better part of 200 horsepower and pulled that handsome coup along with enough force to starkly distinguish the E9 from virtually every New Class iteration which had preceded it. And unlike certain New Class models, the E9 will feel similar to modern cars in terms of its power/weight ratio and overall performance. Reach out to an established and credible automobile dealership when the urge to feel that M30 heft under your foot becomes too much to dismiss.
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