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 City Pack, Electric windows, PAS, Scheel sports seats, Alloy wheels, Aluminum bonnet, boot lid and door skins.
This jaw dropping CSL is finished in Taiga Green, one of the must have period colours and perfectly suited to this homologation special. The paint work is first class having recently rolled out from a 2 year nut and bolt restoration. This is chassis number 007 of the 500 RHD run and had been cared for all of its life, as such the base to start a full restoration was very sound and the resulting car is astonishing with good panel gaps and smooth straight flanks.
All of the chrome work has been addressed to ensure a 1st class finish, 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 rebuilt. Simply staggering and 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 chassis 007. Anything replaced has been done so with careful consideration and attention to ensure the original factory finish or colour scheme has been upheld. The punched black headlining specific to the CSL has been replaced with an exact copy as has the carpet, speckled in colour, more often than not just replaced with black cloth.
Slide into the brand new Scheel 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 matching number 3.0L engine has been fully rebuilt to ensure common integrity throughout the restoration. Every component attached has been stripped down and replated or replaced resulting in a fresh as new finish rarely seen on the CSL.
The gearbox again rebuilt with every bush of linkage refurbished or renewed that becomes clearly obvious when out on the road with a tight and positive shift.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The period 14 inch BMW wheels are refurbished and present as new with sparkling chrome centre caps, new stickers and wheel bolts. Wrapped in good rubber all round with plenty of tread the multi spoke alloys hide nearly new calipers, discs and pads all round.
All suspension components have been renewed with new shocks, ball joints and rubber bushes complimenting an incredible restoration and contributing to a tight and responsive drive as if it were new back in 1972.
First registered in 05/09/1972 chassis 2285007 has had a pampered life and belonged to just 5 keepers over its 43 years. With a huge pile of invoices from BMW main dealer Peter West, and owned by the chairman himself at one stage, the history file makes for fascinating reading. Included are pictures of the car itself outside the dealer when new along with the dealership key ring still present in the history file. Having sold this car to the current owner in 2015 he has further compiled and organised the paperwork into what must be one of the most comprehensive CSL history files we have ever seen in the 30+ lightweights we have dealt with.
Complementing the service records is a BMW certificate of build, MOTs dating back to 1982 and a host of BMW Car club correspondents and magazines, one of which asking the then owner Mr W.J Oxtoby to return the The Sytner Trophy won in the 1987 regional concours event with the car.
This was one of the first CSLs to arrive in the country in a group of 6 or 7 used as press/test cars and all registered on a selection of NRK number plates. These were the precursor to the dealer drive back cars.
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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