1973 BMW 3.0

CSL

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1973
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Lot number 
    126
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Beige
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis n°2285339

- Important historical file
- Well prepared for regularity rallies
- Perfect for the most beautiful of events

Considered the first M version of BMW, the 3.0 CSL is a 200 kg lighter version of the 3.0 CS coupe, presented at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Developed by the brand new BMW Motorsport competition department, under the direction of former racer Jochen Neerpasch, it was targeted at the European Touring Car Championship. The BMW 3.0 CSL was therefore a production car designed for racing.

This beautiful CSL was originally intended for the English market. It has been in France for several decades and the previous owner, a collector from South of France, acquired the car in 2009 when the car had already been converted to left-hand drive and prepared to participate in historic regularity rallies. As can be seen from image folder, the car was entirely stripped bare for restoration without any consideration for cost or time spent. It was then fitted with a roll cage approved by the FFSA. Wanting to participate with panache in the historic regularity tests with a reliable and efficient car, the previous owner did not hesitate to get the best specialists in the south of France (such as VMS). The car was prepared in the spirit of a Group 2 of the period. Thus, in 2009-2010, the Getrag box was revised, as well as the self-locking differential. A 3.5L engine from a BMW 535 with a bank of 3 Weber 48DCOE carburetors was adapted to give significant torque and first-rate performance (more than € 30,000 was spent on mechanicals alone). Thus prepared, the car participated in three historic Tour de Corse in 2009, 2010 and 2013, which is as incredible as it is demanding. It has not driven much since, except for the occasional outings.

Accompanied by a large historical file of photos, which show the work carried out, as well as its FFSA Classic passport dating from 2011, this beautiful GT, which is tastefully equipped, will be the ideal drive to participate in the most exciting of European regularity rallies in a coupe, which has marked the history of motorsport.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1973-bmw-30l-csl-3980-126