BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2 Spec

Based on what was originally the 2800 CS platform, the 3.0 CSL wasn’t officially launched until May of 1972. Built as a homologation special, the CSL’s light weight was achieved by using thinner steel to build the unit body, deleting the trim and soundproofing, using aluminium alloy in the doors, hoods, and boot lids, as well as the installation of Perspex side windows. The engine was also slightly bored out from 2986 to 3003 cc, allowing it to compete in the 3 litre and over category. By July 1973 the decision was made to alter the aerodynamics of the car, adding its oversized air dams and rear wing and rapidly earning the nickname “the Batmobile”.

#2200093 has an interesting history as it began life in 1968 as a 1969 BMW 2800 CS where it served for five-months as a BMW test car. It then spent the next few decades competing in various race series - and notably in 1977 when it was painted in a period lime green colour, according to the official Wagenpass issued in 1977 by the ONS, The Supreme National Commission for sports car racing in Germany, chassis ‘220093′ was listed as being a full specification 3.0 CSL at the time and the car competed for several years in Group 2 competition. As was typical of race cars in period - they were upgraded as new homologation papers were issued.

Before 1972 all BMW E9 Coupes were raced as 2800CS Gr2, even if they were 3.0cs or 3.0csl with alloy panels removed. From 1973 all cars were raced as 3.0 CSL, even if they were ex-2800CS Gr2 or 3.0CS/CSi built to CSL spec. Rediscovered in a barn in Stockholm, Sweden in 1991 in orange "Bosch" livery - the car was eventually bought and restored in 2007 by Arthur W Porter - an attorney from Colorado whose sideline business "MotoPorter" is acknowledged as a world leading authority on BMW CSL race cars. Arthur performed a "rotisserie restoration" taking the car back to its original factory Alpine White in time to race at the 2007 Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca. Upon completion of the restoration this BMW was granted its Historical Technical Passport issued by ACCUS and the FIA on 22.04.2010 confirming the cars official documentation recognizing the car as a "Competition Touring Car". The CSL has been a constant competitor on the classic racing scene with multiple appearances at the Monterey and Sonoma events since 2007. One of the cars major showings was at Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix where the car was featured on the cover of Victory Lane Magazine.

The BMW CSL represents an era where a private team could compete on a reasonable basis with the bigger funded entries. In today's world of vintage racing, with a world-wide calendar of events to choose from, the CSL is a logical – and exclusive - choice. Reliability and a recognizable icon of motorsport are only two of those reasons. A 3.5-litre tractable engine putting out 360 horsepower through a 5 speed Getrag gearbox are two more. Recently prepared by McGee Motorsports our car is track ready and includes a comprehensive spares package which includes: three sets of wheels & tyres and an engine.

This is a documented race car with period competition history - which has been a race car more or less all of its life in 3.0 CSL racing specification. This car is NOT to be confused with any recently built CSL "recreations" or "clones" from a road car base - to meet the Historic Technical Passport requirements. Our car is the oldest E9 racing coupe in existence - has been campaigned extensively as a CSL race car in period with documentation and photos to support the car's provenance. Without doubt a welcomed entry to world’s leading classic racing events especially in recognition of the “CSL” 40th anniversary next year! Prepared by McGee Motorsports our car is track ready and includes a comprehensive spares package which includes: three sets of wheels & tyres and an engine.

Source: Hexagon Classics

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