AUTOROTICA: BMW 3200 CS by Bertone

Until the 1980’s, “import” cars were a rare-breed on American streets. Ford, GM and Chrysler—the “Big Three” automakers dominated the roads. Cars from Europe were considered temperamental, unreliable and difficult to repair. Japanese cars were considered “tin cans” on four wheels. Both reputations are a far-cry from where we think of European and Japanese cars of today.

It is probably because of their rarity that I have found a love for European cars of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. I love an underdog, a geek, a rare shell among the sand.

One of my favorites has always been the BMW 3200 CS. Only 603 Bertone-designed OHV V8 coupes were made between 1962 and 1965. The sexy Italian-influenced coupe had a low beltline, tall greenhouse and thin pillars, and is considered the last of BMW's early postwar luxury cars. Take a look at these beauties and tell me you can resist falling in love. And if you really fall in love, there is currently a 1965 BMW 3200 CS for sale on eBay. Asking price? Just a smidge under $200,000.

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