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.
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 UK City Pack, Batmobile Aero package, Period race seats, Electric windows, PAS, Alloy wheels, Aluminium bonnet, boot lid and door skins.
This jaw dropping CSL Batmobile recreation is finished in Chamonix White, a classic and beautiful period BMW colour, perfectly suited to this homologation special and one of only two colours used for the first phase of 3.2L Batmobiles, the other being Polaris Silver. The paint work is first class having just rolled out from a 2 year body restoration here in the UK.
The car is a genuine UK supplied Rhd CSL City pack car, its original colour being Taiga Green. This was completely stripped to a bare shell and rebuild to the owners required Batmobile specification. As such it stands as new with the iconic wing, roof hoop, front air-dam and wing spoilers all sitting proudly on the body work. All of the chrome work presents in excellent order, rubber seals replaced and glass crystal clear. The headlights are brand new as are the indicator lens and chrome work nestled onto the side of both front wings.
The theme continues underneath, equally clean and as good to look at as above with all components treated and if necessary rebuilt. A worthy finish for such a successful touring car.
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. Much like the exterior, no piece has been left from attention inside. Anything replaced has been done so with careful consideration and attention to detail.. The punched black headlining specific to the CSL has been replaced, as has the carpet, speckled in colour, more often than not just replaced with black cloth.
Slide into the brand new period race seats and it’s obvious this is a special car. Factory door seals and window seals have all been renewed and the plastic carpet covers (all too easily broken or lost) are still present and in excellent order.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 3.0L engine fitted has been checked, serviced and refurbished where necessary by its UK restorer. Many surrounding components have been replaced or refurbished in keeping with the fresh restored theme of the car.
The gearbox again checked and refurbished where necessary with bushes and linkage renewed that becomes clearly obvious when out on the road with a tight and positive shift.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The period 16 inch wheels are refurbished and present as new with Alpina centre caps, new stickers and wheel bolts. Wrapped in good rubber all round with plenty of tread the multi spoke alloys hide refurbished calipers, discs and pads all round.
First registered in April 1973 this UK supplied CSL was manufactured by BMW in Taiga Green and as a Rhd UK city pack car.
Used regularly by its first owner which is documented by a file full of early invoices it was then sold by British Car Auctions in 1976 of which the transaction is recorded and the mileage reading 43,644. The second owner kept the car for an incredible 40 years before it ended up in the hands of the current owner who has spent lavishly restoring it to its current Batmobile specification.
On file is a full photographic album of the restoration from start to finish showing the intense and lengthy effort that has been lavished on this historic BMW touring car.
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