Another BMW book on the way?


Author: Martin BuckleyPublished:

I had a good response to my NSU parts-surplus dilemma – hopefully someone will be collecting a load in a week or two, so I’ve had a therapeutic few days sifting through all the bits.

Meanwhile, I had lunch last Friday with car-design lecturer, stylist and BMW E9 coupé enthusiast Nick Hull, who keeps track of the surviving cars. He came over to The Engine Shed in his rather beautiful late-model 3.0 CSi with blue leather (above).

We talked about the possibility of collaborating on an updated version of the BMW Coupés book I did 20 years ago, which is still one of surprisingly few tomes dedicated to these cars. A lot of new material has come to light on the E9s and Nick showed me how different the 2000 CS and 2800/3.0 panels were, even around the rear arches (not just the front wings and so on). He also gave me a name of the man who styled the coupés.
I think that any new book would mean a rewrite rather than just an update – I wrote the original text when I was 19! Looking at my rusty 2800 CS, Nick told me that he knows of only nine others on the register.

After dropping off my Fiat 130 with Mark Devaney at Dino 2400 (he’s fitting a ZF four-speed auto – more details soon), I dropped in on the RM Auctions sale in Battersea Park to look at what was on offer.

I would happily have driven home in the beautiful Facel II (above, unsold at £170,000!), and auction pundit Dave Selby gave me an insight into the true nature of the proceedings. Interesting…

Since then, I’ve been reorganising my parts store and had a minor setback when shelves holding my Fiat 130 parts collapsed under their weight. Imagine the irony of Buckley being killed by a falling Fiat cylinder head.



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This book would be very useful to bimmer owners! They would be familiar on bmw parts within the cars engine bay or even get themselves amazed with the details of the interior and exterior.


Hi Martin,
Do you ever come across any other NSU!s, or parts
Regards Michael


It's interesting how little the 2000C/CS are written about, so please include them should you revisit your book. I have a '67 and it's a lovely car!


This book is certainly very helpful for BMW owners! Few months ago my 2005 BMW 745I engine malfunctioned and I have to replace it with used engine available on . Recently I have read this whole book and now understand why this happen to my car. Really it has good information to know about the car engine and its interior as well as exterior parts.

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