1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385

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Lot 311
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé
Registration no. BMW 675L Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385

£ 27,000 - 32,000
US$ 34,000 - 40,000
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé
Registration no. BMW 675L
Chassis no. 2285385
Engine no. 2285385

Footnotes

  • Visually indistinguishable from its more 'run of the mill' CS and CSi relations, the 3.0 CSL (Coupé Sport Leicht) was creative homologation at its best. The BMW engineers' solution to the marketing department's requirements, within the constrictive framework of the Group 2 racing class regulations, was to develop a limited production run 'homologation special' with reduced trim and an aluminium bonnet, boot and doors in place of the standard car's steel items, saving a valuable 300lbs (136kgs) in weight – 'Leicht' indeed. The 3.0 CSL came with 206bhp for road use and well over 300 for the track. From mid-1973 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. With only 1,039 CSLs produced compared to over 19,000 standard cars, these 'specials' will always be relatively rare and today this ultimate BMW coupé is highly sought after.
    This rare right-hand drive CSL had been in the previous owner's hands for 18 years when was purchased by the current vendor in July 1996. By this time it had already been restored once (in June 1991) receiving new wings, 'A' posts, etc. In 1999 the suspension was altered to incorporate new springs (making the car approximately 20mm lower), Bilstein shock absorbers and a thicker front anti-roll bar. The vendor reports that these changes give the car a much more positive feel while retaining the very comfortable ride for long distances. He also fitted the 'Batmobile' body kit and a stainless steel exhaust system.
    In 2002 the gearbox was changed from the original four-speed to a five-speed close-ratio dog-leg unit. The engine was removed in 2007 at a mileage reading of 8,817 and rebuilt: being blueprinted/balanced and fitted with 0.5mm oversize genuine BMW pistons. At the same time all the ancillaries were replaced: starter motor, injectors, alternator, distributor, water pump, radiator, hoses, both brake servos, etc. While the engine was removed the engine bay was refurbished. The car has always been maintained regardless of cost with all work being professionally carried out by Jaymic Ltd.
    Finished in Golf (yellow) with contrasting black interior, the latter featuring seats fitted with the optional extra headrests, 'BMW 675L' is described as in generally very good/excellent condition. The car is offered with the original owner's handbook and rare CSL supplement, (tax-exempt) road fund licence, MoT to June 2011, Swansea V5, BMW Magazine article and a most substantial file of receipts for work/parts dating back to 1978. Also included in the sale is the original four-speed gearbox, the original alloy boot lid and the original uncut rear window shelf.
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupé  Chassis no. 2285385 Engine no. 2285385
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