1973 BMW 3.0 CSL
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Silverstone Auctions - NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2017
11th Nov 2017
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL
** Please Note : In period and thought to be in the 1980's the engine was upgraded to a M535 3.5 12v fuel injected engine as was common practice. **
The BMW 3.0 CSL - Coupé Sport Lightweight - was a special version of the six-cylinder BMW E9 pillarless coupé produced in lighter gauge steel with aluminium doors/bonnet/boot lid and chrome arch extensions to accommodate wider alloy wheels. Introduced in May 1972, 1000 were built to homologate the BMW Coupé for the Group 2 European Touring Car Championship where the E9 CS Coupés had suffered from a weight handicap against the dominant Ford Capris. BMW UK took 500 in RHD with most of the standard CS's luxury equipment refitted. Mechanically these cars were almost identical to the fuel-injected CSi (which meant 200bhp and 140mph plus) but to take it into the over 3-litre class the engines were bored out slightly to 3003cc. Equipped with all-round independent suspension (McPherson strut front / semi-trailing arm rear), disc brakes and responsive steering, it was wonderfully balanced. Very expensive when new (several hundred pounds more than a 911 RS 2.7), CSLs are now the most highly coveted BMWs of the nineteen seventies with a fabulous competition record.
First registered in April 1973, this right-hand drive CSL has been the subject of a two-year restoration between 2013 and 2015 following a period of storage from 2008. Works undertaken include: bead blasting of the body with any repairs being carried out using BMW panels, rustproofing of the body using Dinitrol, a comprehensive engine overhaul by Corry Engineering, retrimming of the interior using new Scheel seat materials and new carpets, overhaul of the braking system including brake boosters, calipers and master cylinder, new brake and fuel lines, all new Bilstein suspension including bushes and powder coating, refurbishment of the original 14 x 7 wheels, retrimming of the steering wheel in hand-stitched leather and refurbishment of the interior wood trim. Painted in Polaris Silver with the correct 'Motorsport. Stripes, and complemented by a Black interior with Scheel seats, the looks of the car are further enhanced by a 'Batmobile' aero package including front spoiler, lightweight rear bumper, rear window hoop and rear spoiler mounted to the steel boot lid (a correct modification due to the spoiler's weight being found to distort the aluminium boot lids).
Currently displaying an unwarranted 27,916 miles on its odometer, MCY 35L is accompanied by a Swansea V5 document, dating certificate letter from BMW, a list of owners from new, together with invoices and receipts for the restoration work.
Purchased by our vendor a couple of years ago he tells us “When I bought the car it was about 90% finished so I spent another £4k sorting it and have just spent £1,500 for a check over and new M O T. It is now perfect.”
These head-turning coupés are now about as rare as a sympathetic plumber and will continue to have a ready market, probably forever.
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