Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Stanced New Six

BMW's New Six range was their Bavarian reaction to Mercedes-Benz's dominance in the executive market. Launched in 1968, the line included coupés and saloons powered by a choice of 2.5, 2.8, 3.0 and 3.3-litre straight-sixes. The coupés, designated 'E9', went racing in the ETCC and are consequently very desirable; the E3 saloons, however, are sort of forgotten - comparatively speaking, at least.
The example we see here is a Bavaria, a model launched exclusively for the US market in 1971, featuring the 2966cc engine from '72, when this one was built. They were an unusual mix of large executive luxury and a relatively spartan spec list (to keep costs low) and sold in very low numbers. So don't be surprised if you haven't seen one before.

And isn't it nice to learn about a new car because someone's modified one into something extremely cool? This New Six rides on airbags over Gotti 1001 rims and features some beautifully patinated paintwork.
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