Produced in two distinct series between 1973 and 1975, the BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” was truly a racing car for the road. Featuring a lightweight alloy bonnet and outer door skins, thin-gauge steel panels, deleted front bumper, lightweight interior, up-rated engine and a host of radical aerodynamic devices inspiring its “Batmobile” nickname. On the track, the 3.0 CSL was more than a match for its nemesis, the Ford Capri, creating a sensation in German Touring Car (DTM) and European Touring Car Championship competition and securing the ETCC championship in 1973. After 1974, the CSL continued its career in German Touring Car and FIA Group 5 competition, often highlighted by the airborne driving style of famed BMW works driver and eventual Le Mans champion, Hans-Joachim Stuck.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

3,003 cc Alpina-tuned B2-specification inline six-cylinder engine, Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel-injection, Getrag five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,625 mm (103.4")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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