Sighting – BMW 3.0 CSL E9

I always love seeing classic models on the showroom floor, and it goes a long way to building my respect of that particular dealership. It’s a nod to where the product they sell has come from, and it shows me that they’re true enthusiasts with a connection to the marque, rather than just peddler’s out to make a buck. Adelaide BMW have had some incredible metal sitting on their showroom floor over the past few weeks, so it came as no huge surprise to discover this as-new looking E9 BMW 3.0 CSL.

What makes the CSL particularly special is my favourite little word – homologation. The CSL is based on the E9 3.0 CS Coupe, the suffix L standing for ‘Leightmetall’. The CSL was built to homologate the CS Coupe for European Touring Car Racing, and features thinner sheetmetal, aluminium doors, bonnet and boot and perspex windows in addition to a slight power increase from the 2985cc straight six.

Later cars evolved to carry the famous ‘Batmobile’ aerodynamic parts, but I think the clean, pillarless Bauhaus-esque lines of this early model are far more understated and tasteful. This car is fitted with bumpers, carpets and electric windows which identifies it as one of the 500 UK market cars.

So the question remains. In the forty years since, how far has BMW really come?

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  1. Tom Gilbert September 15, 2012 Reply

    That is a beautiful example isn't it..

  2. Alvin Chua September 15, 2012 Reply

    Adelaide's home to a few classic BMWs including a 328 Roadster, several E9 CSLs, a Polaris and a Chamonix 2002 Turbo, quite a few 2002tiis and a 2002 Baur Cabriolet as well as a RHD M1 supercar from the late 70's/early 80's!

    • Andrew Coles September 17, 2012 Reply

      Wow, and to think you never really see them except for a quick glimpse here and there. I'd love to see the M1, that would be something else.

  3. Asako Loudbacher May 15, 2013 Reply

    Sorry to be picky, but the word isn't "Leightmetall". It's 'Leichtmetall'.

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