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The development of BMW’s inline six-cylinder engine would put the legendary automaker squarely in competition with Mercedes-Benz, and distinguish the company as a constructor of high-performance sedans. Branded “Bavaria” by importer Max Hoffman, the cars embodied German build-quality in both semantics and substance.
A true driver’s car, the Bavaria’s ample greenhouse, refined interior, and marvelous engine – which Road & Track called “the best inline six-cylinder unit in the world” – offered a delightful package only made better when delivered with the optional four-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential as seen here.
This example may well be one of the most original Bavarias in existence. According to the consignor, this BMW wears its original Verona Red paint and shows less than 18,000 miles. Manufactured on March 27, 1973, and sold new on July 6, 1973, this car features its original Sekurit glass, date-coded wheels, jack, spare tire, and optional tool kit. The original owner’s manual and sales invoice complete this evocative package. In July 2018, a major service included replacing the water pump along with a full flush of the cooling system, valve adjustment, and ignition system tune-up. Both the clutch and brake hydraulic systems were rebuilt and flushed, and fuel and oil filters changed. The BMW Bavaria offered here is a rare opportunity to acquire a seldom-seen sports sedan that displays decades of careful stewardship.