Lot 242 - 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
|Odometer reading||77,625 miles|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £125,000|
|Result||Sold - £136,640|
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 (Coupe Sport Leicht). The BMW 3.0 CSL was indeed light – having thinner steel panels, an aluminium bonnet, boot and doors combined with a reduced trim that in total saved a valuable 300lbs in weight. The power was derived from an enlarged 3003cc straight six engine, this increase in capacity enabled entry into the over three litre racing categories. Whilst providing around 200bhp and with the reduced weight, the CSL was soon proving itself as one of the most sought after sports cars of the era.
We are delighted to offer one of the 500 CSL’s that were sold to the UK market. This righthand drive example is one of those original few that belonged to a regional director of the BMW Car Club in the 1980s. The CSL was then purchased by North Oxford Garage, a leading BMW dealer, whereby it underwent a partial restoration using only genuine BMW parts. This is supported by accompanying invoices within the history file and totaled in the region of £28,000. The CSL remained in their collection until April 2012 when it was acquired by a retired BMW director. Since that acquisition in 2012, it has been lovingly cared for with great attention being paid to the BMW’s detail. For example, the interior woodwork has been repaired and re-veneered and the trim sympathetically repaired in areas using the correct materials, as well as many others, resulting with this CSL being one of the best available.
Presented in the original colour of Polaris Silver with contrasting black original Scheel seats, this example is hard to fault in any area and, we think you will agree, looks stunning. The Blaupunkt radio and the rare trim items, often missing on these models, are present. On the road, this BMW belies her 45 years and, according to our tester, is a flying machine with a tight chassis and braking system to match, all making high speed cruising effortless. The old MoT test certificates and service information support the mileage and we are advised that this CSL will arrive at the sale with an MoT test certificate, valid until August 2018, the afore mentioned history file, handbook and service books as well as a fresh mechanics service.
With these lightweight homologation specials being extremely sought after and prices reflecting this, the advice will always be, buy the best. We believe this is one of those special motorcars, in the right condition and perhaps, one you have always promised yourself?
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.