<B>1972 BMW 3.0 CSL </B><br /> Chassis no. 2212314<br /> Engine no. 2212314
Lot 60
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
Coachwork by Karmann
US$ 290,000 - 330,000
€250,000 - 280,000

Lot Details
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1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
Coachwork by Karmann

Chassis no. 2212314
Engine no. 2212314

2,985cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 Twin-Choke Zenith Carburetors
185bhp at 6,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*A great example of BMW's legendary homologation special
*Matching-numbers CSL in striking and rare Colorado Orange
*Highly-collectible and very rare carbureted model
*Offered with BMW Classic Certificate and comprehensive history file


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 also 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-liter 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 other various 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 captured the 1973 European Touring Car Championship for BMW at the wheel of a 3.0 CSL and co-drove 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 March of 1972, this rare, homologation-special CSL was finished in striking Colorado Orange over a black interior; just as it appears today. According to the BMW Classic Certificate issued for this car, the new CSL was made to European specifications, and delivered new to the Italian market through official importer BMW Italia S.P.A., where it was sold through the BMW agency in Verona, Italy. The sporting lightweight Coupe stems from the rare, first generation CSL, equipped with carburetors instead of fuel injection. Just 169 examples of these rev-happy, early cars are believed to have been produced.

The car's impressive history file included an original Italian road registration log book dating back to the 1970s, along with copies of later registration documents, and it is certainly believed that the rare BMW remained in Italy from new. Bologna based enthusiast Lorenzo Matteucci is recorded as having owned the car in 2008, and exercised the agile sports car on the 2010 Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomitti rally. By 2013 the Colorado Orange BMW had made its way to the US, where it was in the hands of renowned BMW aficionado Peter Gleeson, before ownership shifted to collector Victor Preisler in 2014.

The car appears to have been very well cared for, and never modified or raced. The odometer reading of less than 75,000 Kms (less than 46,000 miles) is in fact believed to be the car's genuine mileage. Offered with the official BMW Classic Certificate documenting the car's origin and specification, as well as the Italian paperwork and a maintenance and dealer directory book, this highly original BMW 3.0 CSL retains its factory installed, matching numbers engine. A rare carbureted CSL from the initial production run, this car is among the most collectible BMW's ever produced.
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