Rust is the biggest enemy of the E9. Luckily, this long-time Californian has not suffered from major corrosion, and its solid, unmolested undercarriage and original floors are living proof. And, yes, we did inspect the vulnerable A-pillars, going so far as to crawl underneath the dash with a flashlight. They are rust free, too!
An original Fjordbluemetallic car, the older finish shows lots of fading and plenty of imperfections, but no major dents, dings or scratches. With its intact, accident free coachwork and perfect shut lines (hood and door gaps), the car would be a perfect candidate for a straight-forward respray.
The factory-installed electric sunroof, a very desirable option, opens and closes smoothly.
As a driver of a modern jellybean car where you can't see the corners of the body because you are looking through mail-slot-sized windows, you'll be pleasantly surprised how bright and airy this Bertone-designed, glass house cockpit is. The dash is a non-nonsense wooden board with clearly readable, circular gauges. Everything you need, nothing you don't, all with an ambience of solid German craftmanship.