BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile 1973 – SPRZEDANE

BMW w 1968 roku powróciło do mocy generowanej z sześciocylindrowych jednostek, wprowadzając limuzyny 2500 i 2800. Nowością był także prekursor CSL 3.0, model 2800 CS, chociaż jego drugie wcielenie bliższe było istniejącego już, czterocylindrowego 2000C. Wprowadzenie w 1971 roku 3-litrowego CS przyniosło wiele ulepszeń, między innymi wentylowane tarcze hamulcowe na obu osiach. Do celów wyścigowych skonstruowano specjalnie odelżony 3.0 CSL. CSL, czyli Coupé Sport Leicht, był tworem homologacyjnym w najlepszym wydaniu. Zrodzone specjalnie aby startować w wyścigowej Grupie 2 i konkurować w klasie powyżej 3 litrów. Rok 1973 był dla BMW przełomowy. To rok, w którym Jean-Pierre Jarier zdobył dla marki mistrzostwo Europy w Formule 2, a jeden z najbardziej kultowych wyścigowych „sedanów” – 3.0 CSL, zwanym Batmobilem – zgarnął Mistrzostwo Europy Samochodów Turystycznych. 3.0 CSL dostarczono na rynek z mocą 206 KM do użytku drogowego i ponad 300 koni w wersji torowej. Od połowy sezonu CSL-e otrzymały pakiet aerodynamiczny opracowany na Uniwersytecie w Stuttgarcie, dzięki której zyskał przydomek „Batmobil”. Pakiet składał się z przedniego spojlera oraz dużego tylnego skrzydła. W wersjach drogowych nielegalne w Niemczech skrzydła pozostawiano w bagażniku samochodu, do instalacji na własną rękę już po zakupie. Od 1975 roku BMW Batmobil wygrał pięć kolejnych Mistrzostw Europy Samochodów Turystycznych, co było sukcesem na niespotykaną dotąd skalę i zagwarantowało mu należne miejsce w sercach fanów i na kartach historii motoryzacji. Okaz wystawiony na aukcji to oryginalny egzemplarz z kierownicą po lewej stronie. BMW numer 2275537 zostało wyprodukowane 25 września 1973 roku i 2 listopada dostarczone importerowi z Wielkiej Brytanii, w pierwotnym kolorze Polaris metalik. Okaz od nowości pozostający w rękach jednej rodziny przeszedł dokładną renowację z początkiem 2018 roku i jest w wyśmienitym stanie. Jeden z około 110 wyprodukowanych w pierwszej serii BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile wyceniony został na 240 – 300 tysięcy euro, czyli około 1 – 1,3 miliona złotych a sprzedany za jedyne 178246 euro, czyli 764499 złotych.

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Preview lot
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL 'BATMOBILE’ COUPÉ
Chassis no. 2275537
€ 240,000 – 300,000
PLN 1,000,000 – 1,300,000
THE ZOUTE SALE
KNOKKE-HEIST, PLACE ALBERT DE KNOKKE LE ZOUTE

1973 BMW 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile’ Coupé
Chassis no. 2275537
•Present family ownership since 1975
•In long-term storage (circa 1980-2018)
•Believed genuine 57,279 kilometres from new
•Restored in 2018
•Registered in the UK

FOOTNOTES
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 original, left-hand drive BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile is offered fresh from extensive restoration. According to BMW, chassis number '2275537′ was manufactured on 25th September 1973 and delivered on 2nd November 1973 to the UK importer, BMW London Ltd. The original colour was Polaris metallic, paint code 060.

In 1975, the car was purchased by the lady vendor’s father, a Dumfries garage proprietor, having been first registered in the UK in October of that year. Its owner drove the BMW for circa five years, servicing it himself. Since 1980, the car has sat in his workshop, and over the years was dismantled with a view to restoring it. The current odometer reading is circa 57,279 kilometres (approximately 35,600 miles) which in view of the car’s lengthy period of inactivity is believed genuine.

Early in 2018, the Batmobile was delivered to Classic Restorations (Scotland) Ltd in Alyth as a bodyshell and crates of parts, to be rebuilt. We are advised that the works included a complete engine overhaul: new cylinder head, pistons, bearings, chains, etc. In addition, the suspension and brakes were completely overhauled with all components cleaned and powder coated prior to re-assembly. Other components renewed include the clutch; clutch and brake master cylinders; metal brake pipes and hoses; radiator; alternator; distributor; exhaust system; and tyres.

The bodywork has had some small patches welded to the inner wheelarches, which have been sealed and coated with 3M Body Schutz (in black). The rear spoiler has been stripped, repaired, and partially repainted (the body had already been repainted in the original silver colour). The interior has been re-upholstered and the carpets and headlining renewed using new original BMW material throughout. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry restoration invoices and photographs; current MoT certificate; and a UK V5 registration document.

With only some 1,300 CSLs produced between 1973 and 1975 compared to over 19,000 standard CS/CSi models, these 'specials’ will always be relatively rare and today this ultimate BMW coupé is highly sought after.