Lot 143 - 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Lightweight Coupé Restoration
|Odometer reading||66,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £53,760|
The European Touring Car Championship of the early 1970's encouraged performance manufacturers to build some rare and exciting homologation specials, notably Ford with their Escort and Capri derivatives and BMW with their CSL.
Standing for 'Coupe Sport Leicht', the BMW 3.0 CSL was indeed light - having an aluminium bonnet, boot and doors combined with a reduced trim saving a valuable 300lbs in excess weight. With power as standard from the 3.0 straight six giving 206 bhp and a strong aero package (front chin spoiler and rear boot lid lip spoiler), the 1,039 CSLs produced by BMW are now highly collectable and sought after, particularly rare original righthand drive factory produced cars, such as this particular car.
Just 500 CSL's were sold to the UK market and this is one of those original few, found locked up in a barn the current vendor has gone to much length to ascertain the history of this rare BMW and thankfully traced the original build details from BMW. An email from the BMW group has confirmed that the build date was the 16th November 1972 and was dispatched to the UK dealership on the 20th November where it was sold and registered on 18th May 1973. The original colour was Fjord metallic blue (paint code 037) but it is believed to have been re-painted by BMW from new in Verona Red for the first owner, when spec'd new this CSL also CSL came equipt with RHD City Pack which included; Electric windows, PAS, Scheel sports seats, Sports steering wheel, Alloy wheels, Aluminum bonnet/boot lid and door skins (spare steel bonnet is also included in the sale). This particular car also wears the lightweight sports spoiler seen on so many CSLs, in homage to their Batmobile cousins, this because the last owner who bought the car in 1985 for the princely sum of £2450 drove it locally and at sprint days at Goodwood.
More recently this car has been laid up in a barn and is in need of full restoration, importantly all parts are believed to be with the car and thus provides an ideal start point for what would be a fabulous and rare car. The car we are told roles freely but the engine has not been turned or attempted to be having been dry stored for well over 10 years. With prices for lightweight CSL's having soared recently this could provide the ideal opportunity to purchase a BMW and return it to its former glory whilst still having a fast appreciating asset.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.