1973 BMW (E9) 3.0 CSL



This 1973 BMW (E9) 3.0 CSL  is one of BMW’s most iconic homologation-special models and presents in a period specification. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.3-litre 6-cylinder engine which outputs 145kW and 279Nm to the rear wheels. This example is fitted with a four-speed manual transmission and currently shows 6,477 miles on its odometer.



Introduced in 1972 as a homologation special for BMW to race in the European Touring Car Championship, the 3.0 CSL is a limited-run model, of which just 1265 were made. It was built using thinner body panels, an aluminium bonnet, bootlid and door skins. The “L” in the name emphasised its light weight, while engine displacement was also increased in order for the car to compete in the “over three litre” racing category. This car was incredibly successful on the racetrack with wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, IMSA GT Championship, and several wins in the European Touring Car Championship. It was also the precursor to many of BMW’s modern-day lightweight specials such as the E46 M3 CSL, E92 M3 GTS, and F84 M4 GTS.



Finished in its period-specific colourway of Fjord Blue with BMW M striping, this 3.0 CSL’s specification also features a black part-cloth/part-vinyl interior. The inside is accented by woodgrain trim elements, while the exterior wears chrome trim and badging. Supplied with the car is a set of “Batmobile” features such as the rear spoiler and rear window cowl. It rides on a set of period 14-inch BBS Mahle wheels which are wrapped in Yokohama rubber.



This car was built by Karmann Karosserie for BMW in 1973 and delivered new to the United Kingdom. It was then purchased by its current and only Australian owner through an importer in 1986. The car underwent a bare metal restoration in 1991 which addressed the fitting of a larger E23 3.3-litre engine which was common for the time. It also addressed the rust issues the vehicle had at the time. The car retains its factory D jet fuel injection system and presents largely in original specification. It has recently been serviced by Benicia Motors and BMW dealerships.



Exterior condition of this E9 CSL presents well for its age, with complete paintwork and subtle patina. There is minimal bubbling or imperfections seen on the paint, though some points of scratching are observed in places such as the bonnet and boot. A scratch-dent is seen above the rear left tail light and paint cracking is noted around the door handles. A respray would benefit this vehicle to its full potential. From its most recent inspection surface rust was noted on the rear floor section and areas such as the lower firewall and pedal box. Other items of patina are seen on the chrome trim work and badging and the seller notes the passenger rear ¾ window is not working. The four wheels present in largely decent condition. The tyres retain a decent amount of tread.



Interior condition presents in fair order, with original bucket seats showing minimal signs of wear and tear. The trim work and woodgrain accenting display more obvious deterioration, though this is still considered commensurate with the car’s age. Some scratches are seen on the back of the seats and on the headlining. Otherwise, the door trims present well and instrumentation operates as normal.



Receipts of recent service work will be supplied with this vehicle’s sale along with 3 keys. The personalised number plate is not included in the sale but is open to offers.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria until 4/11/22. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.



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