1974 BMW 3.0 CSL
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1974 BMW 3.0 CSL
CSL 2275477 was manufactured on October 23rd, 1973 and delivered on February 4th, 1974 to the BMW dealer Bovenkamp in Wuppertal, Germany.
In 1980 a pair of friends in New Jersey were actively bringing in grey market cars from Europe, and 2275477 found its way to the United States in one of their containers. One of the friends registered the car in New Jersey, and owned the car until 1983 when marital troubles forced him to sell it to the other friend, Joe Rega. The CSL would remain his possession for the next 29 years.
For the first 20 years the CSL resided at Joe's friend's BMW shop. Towards the end of its residency the car was repainted in its correct Polaris silver. In 2003 Rega took the CSL home and placed it next to his 3.0 CS and two 3.0 CSis. He would go on to drive it only about 500 miles in the next 9 years.
2275477 was delivered to the US wearing a set of BBS racing wheels, which were refurbished by BBS when the car was repainted. Currently the car sits on 16" Alpina wheels, a popular modern upgrade, and has a correct 14" Alpina spare. The original factory BBSs come with the car.
This car has been documented by BMW to be a genuine CSL. It is number 47 of the "first batch" 3.2 injection cars built from 7/1973 through 10/1973, of which only 110 were produced. It was delivered new with all of the options that gave the car its nickname the "Batmobile," including the rear air guide and wing. This is also one of the few CSLs that were special ordered from the factory with flared rear wheel arches that where installed to accommodate the larger BBS wheels. During Rega's ownership the original 3.2 liter M30 engine and 4-speed transmission were replaced with a later 3.5 liter M30 motor and 5-speed transmission. The original and correct 3.2 liter M30 block and head come with the car.
2275477 is one of the finest original examples we have seen. No rust, no wear, no issues. The underside of the car is immaculate, and the interior, from the correct Scheel sport seats to the dash woodwork, looks as new. Fully detailed and serviced this CSL is ready to represent one of BMW's finest hours.
About the CSL
The 3.0 CSL is a lightweight, performance-oriented version of the standard 3.0 CS/3.0 CSi E9 coupe. It was originally developed as a homologation model for the German Touring Car Championship by a separate division within BMW AG, a division that would later become BMW Motorsport.
Assembled at the Karmann Werkes in Rheine, Germany, the 3.0 CSL was first unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show to critical acclaim. For a homologation special that came out in an oil crisis costing more than an Aston Martin there is no wonder just over 1000 were produced.
The "L" in CSL stood for lightweight. According to official BMW figures, a non-optioned 3.0 CSL with all the aluminum body panels weighs 2,568 pounds or about 440 pounds less than an equivalent 3.0 CS.
Being a homologation special, much like the Porsche Carrera RS, the car came specially fitted with modifications that would benefit it in the racing world. Later models came with extravagant spoilers and wings in addition to the optional front airdam and rear spoiler. The 3.2-liter CSL models could be fitted with a removable "racing kit" consisting of an front airdam, air guide mounted above the rear window, a rear spoiler, and a rear wing, all designed to increase downforce on the competition machines. The addition of these rather striking appendages resulted in the nickname 'Batmobile.' Because these items were required on the road version for homologation purpose but could not be installed at the factory due to a conflict with various European laws, they were supplied as the removable kit.
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.
BMW developed four different versions of the street going 3.0 CSL over five years, all to European specification. The original version, produced in late 1971 and early 1972, utilized the standard 2,985-cc M30 engine with twin carburetors and was only offered in left-hand drive. A fuel-injected model displacing 3,003cc then replaced the earlier carbureted version and was produced in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive forms during late 1972 and early 1973. The final iteration of the 3.0 CSL, all produced in left-hand drive and with a larger 3,153-cc engine, was built in two distinct production runs during late 1973 (first batch) and 1974-75 (second batch).
- VIN: 2275477
- Body Style: Coupe
- Upholstery: Cloth
- Exterior: Silver
- Interior: Black