Excellent article and beautiful car, Rob. We owned a white 2800CS from 1970 until 1980, first in Europe from purchase until late 1973, with over 110K miles, probably with 80% driven over 90 mph. Top end seemed to be a little under 130. The car performed beautifully but initially, had a recurring problem running roughly which the dealership would fix but after about the 4th time, the shop manager asked me to take him for a ride. After about 2 km. he very Germanically said (insert heavy German accent here)"You haff no idea how to drive zis car!! I vill haff ze BMV driving instructor show you how zis auto must be driven!) Two weeks later, I received a call from the dealership, scheduling my driving lesson. I showed up and was introduced to my instructor, clad in the official Team BMW racing suit. He jumped into the driver’s seat, me on the right. I’d never before ridden with a professional race driver. The car was so unbelievably capable of things I’d never dare try, not would my wife allow, that I realized only embarrassment over my ownership. I had a far better understanding of the withering looks I’d gotten on the autobahn as vehicles screamed past un on the right.
But German winter road salt rain began its inexorable work on the Karmann body, which only was further stressed when we shipped the car back from Calais, and it was “prepped” for export to the USA by hoisting up on a lift, and powersprayed vigorously from beneath, before I realized that the powerspray was not sourced from the Seine but rather from the Atlantic!! The vehicle immediately after mine was a gorgeous Rolls Silver Wraith, probably 1929 or so, and likely even more devastated from the salt water douche. On return from Germany, it did not take long for the emergence of bubbles in the front fender wells, and on the firewall. The car was pristine to look at, but in and out, except for that. I’d purchased spare front fenders, but they were useless without the inner surfaces. I sold the car, fenders and other spare parts in 1983, sadly, but having had some amazingly wonderful road time in Europe, Canada and the USA.