This BMW 3.0 CSL is one of 169 units built during the 14 months of production of the first series.
A few days ago, a magnificent BMW 3.0 CSL was offered for sale on the online auction site Bring a Trailer. This is one of 169 examples produced during the 14 months of production of the first series.
For the record, the BMW 3.0 CSL was developed by the competition division of BMW as an homologation model in order to be able to run, as the regulations imply, in European touring car competition.
As with all more or less exceptional cars sold at auction, there is a little story that goes with it. That of this BMW 3.0 CSL starts on February 25, 1972when it leaves the factory. The car was delivered new in Italy in July 1972 and was later imported to the United States in the 1970s. It was then acquired in 1986 by a collector residing on the Colorado side. This same collector had the car remade in the mid-1990s.
Thus, it was repainted in black (its original livery was “Golf” yellow according to the auction site), while a new 3.5-liter M30 in-line six cylinder displacement, with two Weber carburettors, was installed in place of the original 3.0-liter. The renovation was carried out under the supervision of Paul Schultz in Denver, with parts and advice provided by brand specialists Carl Nelson and Richard Conway. Tricolor side bands have also been added to complete the ensemble.
The car remained in the same family until 2014, when it was acquired by a collector in San Francisco. This one also made some modifications like for example installation of a five-speed manual transmission provided by Getrag.
The car found a buyer a few days ago for the modest sum of 175’000 dollars, or around 149,000 euros. Obviously, the fact that the car is not completely original did not cool its buyer, especially if he wishes, the original 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine can be reinstalled since it is supplied with the car during the sale.