The timeless and beautiful shape of the big BMW coupe was first conceived back in 1965 in the 2L coupe by Karmann, it developed into the e9 chassis in 1968 and production continued until the final model rolled off the production line in 1975. The introduction of the coupe in 1968 signalled BMWs intention to return to the luxury car market sector, an area it had been forced to ignore for years while it struggled to turn around its fortunes during the early 60s. Early cars were all carbureted until the adoption of Bosch fuel injection in the 3L CSi.
Hugely important in BMW motorsport history was the homologation special CSL (coupe sport leicht) which offered an aluminium bonnet, boot and doors with little in the way of luxury equipment, weight saving was also achieved by using thinner gauge steel in the construction of the body. To qualify the car for racing in the over 3 litre division, capacity of the engine was re bored and quoted as 3003cc which in road trim resulted in 200bhp at 5500rpm. The CSL label needed only 1000 cars to make it eligible to race. It was developed by a separate division in BMW AG which would later become BMW Motorsport GmbH. While the CSL does not carry the M badge many consider this as the first ever M car and one that first carried the tri colour motorsport livery.
Racing achievement – It is rare that a competition car lasts more than four seasons, infact by the time a race car is winning it is usually obsolete and designers are developing its successor. Such was the achievement of the coupe in international racing that it raced from 1969 through to 1978 and even then in 78 still won its fifth European touring car championship against stiff competition. Exploring the success of the CSL during its motorsport career is an impossible task to do here on this page, there is too much of it! Further reading and viewing is highly recommended as drivers such as Hans Stuck and Dieter Quester all wrestled the Munich monster in various Works, Alpina and Schnitzer incarnations from Group 2 400bhp cars to Group 5 750bhp fire breathing turbo rockets. A taster of this can be found by following this link to a classic youtube video – CSL Race Video.
Just 500 RHD CSLs were produced and nearly all had additional equipment over the LHD car to help aid the drivability of the car on a day to day basis. These additional options were grouped and labeled the ‘City Package’ and included power glass front and rear windows, power steering, interior bonnet release, chrome CSi front and rear bumpers and a tool kit.
RHD City Pack, Electric windows, PAS, Scheel sports seats, Sports steering wheel, Alloy wheels, LSD, Aluminium bonnet, boot lid and door skins, Becker Mexico stereo.
Finished in a gleaming coat of Verona red paintwork, this CSL makes quite the impression when it comes into view. The body on this stunning car has been regularly maintained and remains in excellent solid condition.
Additional period aerodynamic bodywork adds to the appearance and performance in the form of a front air dam and duck tail rear spoiler over and above BMWs City pack setup. Chrome work remains bright with no pitting.
Manufactured on 05/01/1973 and painted in Verona red it was first delivered to BMW London Ltd concessionaires as confirmed by mobile tradition.
The interior in a BMW E9 coupe is like none other, beautifully laid out with lashings of wood trim, it is a wonderful place to be. Slide into the Scheel seats and it’s obvious this is a special car. The seats in this particular car are in lovely condition with no tears and the wood trim remains in good condition with no major marks or peeling. There is a period radio neatly fitted with speakers making it a more usable and comfortable prospect.
The steering wheel is the sports Petri wheel and remains in excellent condition.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Renowned for their straight six engines BMWs 3.0L unit does not disappoint providing ample performance even by today’s standards.
With excellent service history and regular recent work the engine is in fine fettle, starting on the button while settling down to a smooth idle. It retains its original matching number engine rebuilt in 1993.
The gearbox currently fitted is a 5 speed overdrive unit with a longer 5th gear, a desirable upgrade providing comfortable cruising at motorway speeds. The original 4 speed Getrag gearbox is included in the sale.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 14″ Alpina alloys are in excellent condition and they are shod in a matching set of tyres that show minimal wear. The calipers and all discs and pads are in superb condition and work as they should.
Chassis 2285380 has been much loved throughout it’s life which is evident by a huge history file as well as its original service book, a rare item all too often lost on the CSL.
It still wear its original issue number plate NBD 7M and is finished in its original factory colour Verona red.
Regularly appearing in BMW club magazines through the decades (included in the history file) it has always been enthusiast owned and kept up to a high standard of maintenance as it sits today.
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