BMW 3.0 CSL E9 1973 – USA

Choć wizualnie jest zbliżone do modeli CS i CSi, BMW 3.0 CSL E9 gra w zupełnie innej lidze. CSL to skrót od Coupe Sport Leicht, a historia powstania ma związek ze światem wyścigów. Lekkość zapewniało tu poszycie karoserii wykonane z cieńszej stali oraz aluminiowe drzwi, maska i pokrywa bagażnika. Dieta homologowanej wersji pozwoliła na zrzucenie 136 kg, a powiększona w 1973 roku do pojemności 3,2 l sześciocylindrowa jednostka generowała 206 KM w wersji cywilnej i ponad 300 KM w wersji torowej. Uzbrojone w imponujący pakiet aerodynamiczny BMW 3.0 CSL otrzymało przydomek Batmobile, dominując świat wyścigów ETTC i sięgając po zwycięstwo w klasie w Le Mans. Licytowane w USA BMW 3.0 CSL E9 to egzemplarz pochodzący z rynku francuskiego. Zachowane w pełni oryginalnym stanie ma przebieg poniżej 40000 km. Oczekiwana cena tego cacka to ok. 1,1 – 1,4 mln PLN.


Lot 25
Low-mileage example with prominent ownership history
US$ 275,000 – 350,000
PLN 1.1 million – 1.4 million

AUCTION 23132:
28 Jan 2016 11:00 MST

Coachwork by Karmann

Chassis no. 2275449
Engine no. 2275449

3,153cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
206bhp at 5,600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*A Great example of BMW’s legendary homologation special
*Low-mileage example with prominent ownership history
*Matching-numbers CSL in factory Polaris Silver
*Desirable and highly-collectible BMW
*Offered with BMW Classic Certificate


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-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 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.


Completed at the Munich-based Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) plant in November of 1973, this rare, homologation-special CSL was finished in Polaris Silver over a black interior – just as it appears today. According to the BMW Classic Certificate issued for this car, the new Batmobile was made to European specifications, and delivered new to the French market through official importer BMW Import S.A., where it was sold through the BMW agency in the Parisian suburb of Bagneux. The car is then believed to have relocated to Monaco, Monte Carlo shortly thereafter.

The silver CSL Batmobile later became a part of one of Germany’s, if not the world’s finest collections. From here, the car was sold by renowned German collector car dealer Axel Schuette to BMW aficionado Peter Gleeson. In recent conversations, Mr. Gleeson describes this Batmobile as the best driving example of the model that he has ever owned, and comments that the front splitter, rear wing and hoop, as well as the window glass, is all original with the correct markings.

With the original, matching numbers engine and gearbox still in place, this Batmobile is really a rare and highly desirable BMW. Still equipped with the yellow French headlights, the car appears to have been very well cared for, and never modified or raced. The odometer reading of less than 40,000 kilometers are in fact believed to be the cars genuine mileage, although this cannot be documented at this point. Offered with a BMW Classic-issued authenticity certificate, this great example of the iconic 3.0 CSL is ready for spirited drives on rallies such as the Copperstate 1000.