1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024
Lot 15
Highly-original example
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
Sold for US$ 187,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL  Chassis no. 2275024 Engine no. 2275024
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
Coachwork by Karmann

Chassis no. 2275024
Engine no. 2275024

3,003cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
206bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Highly-original example of BMW's legendary homologation special
*Just over 66,500 kilometers from new
*Iconic Polaris Silver over Black livery
*Desirable young-timer classic
*Rare and highly collectible BMW



THE BMW 3.0 CSL

The early 1970s were landmark years for BMW, for not only did the German manufacturer power Jean-Pierre Jarier to the European Formula 2 Championship, it also captured the European Touring Car Championship using one of the most iconic racing 'saloons' of modern times: the 3.0 CSL, known popularly as the 'Batmobile'.

BMW had returned to six-cylinder power for its range-topping models in 1968 with the launch of the 2500 and 2800 saloons. Also new was the 3.0 CSL's forerunner, the 2800CS Coupe, though the latter's running gear had more in common with the existing, four-cylinder 2000C/CS. The introduction of the similarly styled 3.0-liter CS in 1971 brought with it numerous improvements, including four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, and with 180bhp on tap the model was good for around 130mph. For racing purposes there was the lightweight 3.0 CSL.

Visually indistinguishable from its more 'run of the mill' relations, the CS and CSi, the 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Leicht) was creative homologation at its best. The BMW engineers' solution to the marketing department's requirements was to develop a limited production run 'homologation special' to meet the constrictive framework of the Group 2 racing class regulations. By removing the trim; using thinner steel for the main body-shell; aluminum alloy for the doors, bonnet and boot lid; and Perspex for the side windows a valuable 300lbs (136kgs) in weight was saved 'Leicht' indeed.

Homologated initially with a fractionally over-bored (3,003cc) engine (enabling it to compete in the over 3-litre class) the 3.0 CSL came with 206bhp for road use and well over 300 horsepower for the track. In 1973 the engine's stroke was increased, upping capacity to 3,153cc (nominally 3.2 liters) and from mid-season onwards the racing CSLs used the so-called 'Batmobile' aerodynamic package, developed at Stuttgart University, which consisted of a front chin spoiler, large rear wing and various other devices. Illegal for road use in Germany, the wings were left in the boot for final installation after purchase.

Thus equipped the Batmobiles were able to defeat the previously all-conquering Ford Capri RS2600s, Toine Hezemans capturing the 1973 European Touring Car Championship for BMW at the wheel of a 3.0 CSL and co-driving one to a class win at Le Mans that year with Dieter Quester. Ford bounced back in 1974 but from 1975 onwards the BMW 'Batmobiles' won five consecutive European Touring Car Championships, a quite unprecedented run of success.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Completed at the Munich-based Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) plant in 1972, this rare, homologation-special CSL was finished in Polaris Silver over a black interior. The car is believed to have been delivered new to Italy, and was here purchased by Bronx, NY based collector Mr. Franciamore more than three decades ago. Franciamore retained the car until recently, using it sparingly as the kilometer reading of just over 66,500 kilometers is believed to be genuine.

This sporting BMW Coupe displays a wonderful, light patina throughout, and has the feeling of a car that has never been taken apart. The original CSL trim is in place, as are the iconic alloy wheels these cars came with, shod on old Michelin XWX tires. Once inside, original finishes are present, and a lovely period, possibly original Becker Grand Prix radio adorns the dashboard. Power windows and the classic CSL sports seats are in place, and invites to some seriously sporting motoring. A highly original, low mileage example of the iconic 3.0 CSL, this car is ready for spirited drives on rallies such as the Copperstate 1000.
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