10k: Like New Six: 1972 BMW Bavaria 3.0, Minty Clean

The BMW E3 generation sedan was known internally as the “New Six” and was later badged as the Bavaria (when equipped with larger engines) for the US Market.  The E3 was available with several versions of the torquey M30 big-six and today make for great classic drivers.  Prices for nice examples are still reasonable for a classic European sedan.  Find this 1972 BMW Bavaria 3.0 for sale in Charlotte, NC currently bidding for $11,300 with one day to go.

The Bavaria shares its classic BMW shark nose styling with the New Six coupes as well as countless subsequent BMW vehicles like the E12 and E28.  It wasn’t until many years later that the classic forward-leaning shark grill was abandoned and turned into the upturned and misshapen proboscis that makes a contemporary BMW look like any number of Mercedes, Hyundai or Kia.

This Bavaria is powered by a 3.0 liter carburetor equipped inline-6 putting out 178 (SAE gross) horsepower into a 4-speed manual transmission.  The driving experience won’t be exhilarating, but it won’t be excruciating either – it should be a decent amount of fun for the buying price.

The inside of this Bavaria is in exceptional condition – and to get a basket case up to this level of cleanliness will take much more than the current bidding price.

Black isn’t a good color for concealing paint issues or dirt, but it does look nice when new and freshly buffed…which brings us to the Elephant in the room…is this car sold by a flipper?  The seller makes no mention of how long he has owned the car and only references that he is “running out of space”…whatever that means.  These are the questions that need to be asked face-to-face before you put any money on this black beauty.

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