1974 BMW '3.2' CSL 'Batmobile' Coupé  Chassis no. 4355028

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Lot 176
1974 BMW '3.2' CSL 'Batmobile' Coupé
Chassis no. 4355028

€ 110,000 - 140,000
US$ 120,000 - 150,000
1974 BMW '3.2' CSL 'Batmobile' Coupé
Chassis no. 4355028
1973 was a landmark year 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 coupé, 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-litre 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 (Coupé 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 bodyshell; aluminium 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 litres) 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.
This car is no. 28 of 57 ultimate second series 'Batmobiles' ever built, chassis numbers 4355001-4355057, of which not more than a third are believed to survive to date. These cars were all assembled in BMW's Motorsport department and unlike the first series available only in 'Polaris' silver or 'Chamonix' white, any available colour and a wide variety of options could be specified, so each is slightly different. Given such rarity and the sheer importance to BMW's racing tradition in being the first 'M' Motorsport BMW this motorcar would form a valuable addition to any high quality collection.
Finished in Fjord metallic with black interior, this left-hand drive CSL was first registered on 22nd November 1974 and currently displays a total of 89,693 kilometres on the odometer. Restored in 1992 and benefiting from a new engine, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with current German registration papers and technical inspection.

1973 war ein bedeutendes Jahr für BMW: Jean-Pierre Jarrier gewann die Formel 2 Meisterschaft mit einem BMW-Motor, und gleichzeitig wurde die Europäische Tourenwagen Meisterschaft mit einem der 'profiliertesten' Fahrzeuge gewonnen – dem 'Batmobil' mit dem charakteristischen Heckspoiler. Äusserlich von seinen 'gewöhnlicheren' Brüdern, dem CS und dem CSi nicht zu unterscheiden, war der CSL 'kreative Homologation' in Vollendung. Durch die Verwendung dünnerer Stahlbleche und von Aluminium für Türen, Kofferdeckel und Motorhaube, Reduzierung der Innenausstattung und das Ersetzen der Seitenscheiben durch Plexiglas, ergab sich eine Gewichtsersparnis von 136 kg.
Während die Strassenversion über 206 PS verfügte kam der 3 Liter CSL auf über 300 PS im Renntrimm. 1973 wurde der Hubraum von 3,003 ccm auf 3,153 ccm, vergrössert. Ab Mitte der Saison gab es ein 'Aerodynamik Kit', das an der Universität in Stuttgart entwickelt worden war. Es bestand aus Frontspoilern sowie dem charakteristischen Heckflügel. In Deutschland nicht zugelassen, wurden diese Spoiler - unmontiert - im Kofferraum mitgeliefert.
So ausgerüstet waren die Batmobil-CSL in der Lage, die bis dahin alles beherrschende, Ford Capri RS2600 zu schlagen. So konnte Toine Hezemans die 1973er Tourenwagen Meisterschaft mit dem CSL gewinnen und errang zusammen mit Dieter Quester den Klassensieg in LeMans im gleichen Jahr. Ford gelang es 1974 zu kontern, aber ab 1975 gewann BMW die Tourenwagen Meisterschaft fünfmal hintereinander; eine einmalige Leistung.

In Fjord Metallic lackiert, mit schwarzem Interieur, wurde dieser linksgelenkte 3.0 CSL am 22. November 1974 erstmals zugelassen. Der Tachometerstand beträgt 89.693 km. 1992 restauriert und mit neuem Motor versehen, wird der Wagen von seinem Besitzer als "in sehr gutem Allgemeinzustand" beschrieben. Er wird mit Deutschen Papieren und gültigem TÜV versteigert. Als einer von nur 1.039 produzierten Einheiten, gehört der CSL zu den gesuchten Sammlerstücken.
1974 BMW '3.2' CSL 'Batmobile' Coupé  Chassis no. 4355028
1974 BMW '3.2' CSL 'Batmobile' Coupé  Chassis no. 4355028
1974 BMW '3.2' CSL 'Batmobile' Coupé  Chassis no. 4355028
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