A one-off built for BMW by Bertone/Marcello Gandini, which was more than a simple prototype, since this was regularly driven by someone who actually bought it after its presentation during the 69 Geneva Show.
The Spicup was built to be both a spider and a coupé, which was ambitious; at the same time, it turned this into a flop. It didn’t fit nowhere near the delicate lines of the (then) current BMW 2000 lineup. It’s as beautiful as it is ugly.
And yes, BMW was most likely inspired by the Alfa Romeo Montreal, which had been presented as a prototype a couple of years before this debut.
I know I’ve been posting quite a lot (compared to what I used to, at least) from StanceWorks lately. The thing is, despite not being a fan on the stance scene itself, I have to admit these E9 and E24 they’ve been featuring really get my gears going.
On a day like today with hours of work on double digits, this would be the perfect cure at the end of the day.
The 2800CS E9 was the replacement for the previous 2000 E9. As a gift, it received a new larger straight-6 engine and got a facelift in order to be able to look younger, a bit more Keira Knightley-ish.
“Murray Fowler was 40 years old when he drove his 2800 CS for the first time, and over the years, the guy has racked up a dizzying number of miles on the clock – a total of about 413,000 at the time that the video was recorded. This isn’t some garage queen locked away from the temptation of beautiful Southern California roads. Oh, no – this is the real deal.”
Straight six 2.8 litre engine, developing around 150bhp on a well suited chassis. The styling is beyond amazing, and with ten thousand examples sold, I’d personally enjoy to see more of these on the showrooms.