Though the oil crisis of the previous year was firmly behind them in 1975 (at least for the time being), its aftershocks could still be felt across the automotive industrys European and American landscape. It was in this geopolitical/economic climate that the 1975 BMW E9, last of its kind, was manufactured and released into the unforgiving marketplace. By years end, fewer than 2000 units were produced, the lowest production rate since the earliest 2.8-liter series models debuted in 1968. Of those produced, around 500 were 2.5-liter CS variants (not counting the nearly 400 produced in 1974) whose 2,495 cc displacement managed to kick out 150 horsepower while substantially improving gas mileage. Miraculously enough, the 1975 BMW E9 managed to offer consumers both respectable fuel efficiency by the standards of the day and also enough engine muscle to still constitute a sports cars speed and acceleration. That it represented only a minority fraction of overall E9 production in 1975 speaks to more to the exigent nature of its inception than to the quality of the machine. It also did not help that the 2.5-liter variants never entered the American marketplace, wherein BMW had come to rely on at least a modicum of revenue.
Times were changing and BMWs production line would necessarily come to reflect as much. The 1975 BMW E9 would ultimately close out a marvelous chapter of the BMW story. From a style and performance standpoint, the E9 had ushered in a new era for BMW and contributed immeasurably to the companys international standing. The Bavarian automobile manufacturer had, through sheer persistence, ingenuity, and marketplace responsiveness, given rise to a class and style of sports car largely unique unto its own brand. If the E9 models were not definitively representative of this achievement, nothing BMW had done was. Knowledgeable collectors recognize the essential role played by BMWs E9 series in reshaping the sports car industry, which goes far in explaining why such individuals trust only the most legitimate and sincere of automobile dealers in rounding out their own fleets.
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