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.Adelaide BMW #Batmobile #BMW 3.0 CSL #E9 #homologation #Lightweight