Spätburgunder: 1972 BMW Bavaria

The Bavaria was the name for the bigger engine version of what BMW internally called the New Six (E3 sedan, E9 coupe) for the US market.  It was subsequently replaced by the E23 7-series, but for a few years (from 1968-1977) it offered a large executive sedan setup with a focus on fun for the driver.  Most have succumbed to rust and over priced repair shops — but a few survive and this next example looks shockingly well preserved.  Find this 1972 BMW Bavaria offered for $17,500 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1972 bmw bavaria

condition: like new

cylinders: 6 cylinders

drive: rwd

fuel: gas

odometer: 19500

paint color: red

size: full-size

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: sedan

Up for sale is my truly wonderful 1972 BMW Bavaria 4 speed!!

This car is about as unicorn as they come! The car was sold new in late 72 in Colorado Springs and was then traded into a Buick dealership in 74. At that point the next appreciating family bought the car and came to California with her. The car stayed in the family for the next 40 plus years and hardly left the garage. I have 0$ bills of sales showing the transfer of ownership within the family as certain members passed away while the car sat.

Fast forward to today –

The family decided after years of sitting that it was time to get the car running again. They towed the car to Roseville BMW (not my first choice for a vintage BMW, but they didn’t know any better). The dealer flushed all the fluids, checked the brakes, and installed a brand new set of performance weber carburetors. At this point the service advisor at the dealer made an offer to the family to buy the car and they accepted it :)

How did I get the car? I took the car in on trade for my 1972 E9 3.0CS coupe and intended on keeping it. Sadly my business is struggling to get by with the current economy and its time to move it on.

About the Bavaria:

-19xxx miles and 99.99% rust free

-Malaga single stage paint over chestnut brown leather interior

– The interior is stunning, no tears, no rips, no wear, no cracks, everything works, its as close to perfect as you can find.

-Vintage and period correct concord sound system with matching 8 tracks still in their original wrappers

-Factory air car

-Car drives like a new car. Pulls very hard to redline and has a ton of power. If you haven’t been in a carb’d m30 you are in for a treat. The noise is one for the record books.

-Fresh exhaust systems

-Zero shakes, shimmies, rattles, weird noises at any speeds

-Two pumps of the gas pedal and the car fires right up, every time, no questions asked. I would drive this car across the county if I could right now.

-All owners books, manuals, and 6 plus keys are included

-Original carbs are included as well

-100% crack free dash, perfect headliner and parcel shelf

-Smog exempt :)


-The main issue is the front drivers fender is dented and tilted the bumper upwards.

-Dents and dings from sitting in the garage and getting knocked into for countless years

-Beauty rings on the wheels have a few dents

-A PDR pro could pull the dents that are present

-Tires are brand new but were put on 15 plus years ago and then the car was hardly driven again. They are not cracking or anything.

Thanks for looking and please let me know if you have any questions or need. This is a truly special car that you need to see and drive to appreciate! Happy to offer test drives, additional photos etc. Call or text. If your serious I will work on the price with you!

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