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BMW 3.0 CSL
This car is available with a labour and parts warranty on request.
This car comes recently serviced and has passed a multipoint check.
- 106,340 Mileage:
- 137 Top Speed:
- 1972 Year:
- 6.9 0 - 60:
- 12 Months MOT Expiry:
- 200 BHP:
- Exempt Tax Expiry:
- 4 Speed Manual Transmission:
- Fjord Blue Exterior Colour:
- 3003cc Engine Capacity:
- Black Interior Colour:
- Inline 6 Engine Configuration:
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 of 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, Electric sliding sunroof, Alloy wheels, Aluminum bonnet, boot lid and door skins
This is one of the very rare CSL's to have made it through the last 40 years without requiring a restoration. It has been in the careful hands of the same owner since 1979 and always kept in his heated garage. There are a few age related marks in the paint work and a couple of bubbles of light surface corrosion but none of the normal CSL week spots have required repair or welding. The car is ready to enjoy in its current condition or could be further improved if required.
Again the interior is completely original, the seats and carpets are all in very good condition with only a small amount of age related wear. The dash is in great condition, other than a few cracks to the lacquer the wood is also very good. The car has a lovely feel when you are sitting in the cockpit and the low window line gives you a great view of the passing countryside.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
In 1978 at 95,166 miles the car had a brand new replacement engine and gearbox fitted at a BMW dealer. Since then it has been with the same owner who has only covered 11,000 miles and always kept the car garaged and in constant use. There is an extensive history file showing many replacement parts and service items. The car starts on the button and pulls well through the gears.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard 14" CSL wheels are in excellent condition, having benefited from a recent refurbishment. They are shod in a matching set of Michelin tyres. The brakes work well and pull the car up smoothly in a straight line.
This CSL was originally sold by BMW Chipstead of Kensington and most of its mileage was done in the early years by the first owner. In 1978 the car then benefited from a brand new engine and gearbox at a BMW dealer which is fully documented in the history file.
The current owner has had the car since 1979 and has done an excellent job of keeping it in its original condition, there is a history box full of receipts documenting the replacement parts and service items used. There are also lots of MOT certificates to verify the mileage and lots of the old tax disks.
The current owner has also been an active member of the BMW Car Club and the CSL Register, so there are also some membership letters and correspondence in the file.
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