Now a solid ten years removed from its 1961 debut of the New Class series, the BMW of 1971 had come a long way commercially, financially, and technologically. Each new year following the 1962 production of the 1500 sedan saw improvements and aesthetic changes as subsequent iterations were released to the buying public. Engine power, driving performance, occupant comfort, and stylistic body changes had essentially stretched the New Class concept to its very limits and in every way conceivable (or practically achievable). By 1968, this penchant for improvement resulted in a complete recasting of the mold, and the resulting coup was a marvel. The 1971 BMW E9 was produced during yet another period of transition, as BMW was milking as much from the E9 model as possible while phasing it out in favor of its successor the 3.0 CS (which began production in 1971). But the 2.8-liter E9 still had some life left in it, even if its unit production numbered in the hundreds, as opposed to the thousands which had been manufactured in 1969 and 1970, respectively.
At work under the hood of the 1971 BMW E9 was the game-changing 2.8-liter (2788 cc/ 170.1 cu in) M30 SOHC motor, a hearty straight-6 that produced a paramount 170 horsepower. That aspect was, in and of itself, enough to completely reinvigorate the publics interest in BMW, an interest that had scarcely waned in the first place. But more generally speaking, the 1971 BMW E9 spoke to BMWs overarching strategy of combining class, strength, handling, and style. Balancing any two of those elements is difficult in its own right. The fact that BMW achieved harmony between all four suggests a manufacturer very much deserving of its reputation. And that reputation persists in the present, which explains ongoing buyer interest in cars nearly fifty years of age.
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