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Sold for: £78,750
The European Touring Car Championship of the early 1970s encouraged a number of performance-orientated manufacturers to build some rare and exciting 'homologation specials', notably Ford with their Escort and Capri derivatives and BMW with their CSL. Standing for 'Coupé Sport Leicht', it was indeed light - with an aluminium bonnet, boot and doors, reduced trim and lighter sports seats, all of which resulted in a weight saving of over 300lbs (136 kgs), even on the road car! The race versions created even more highly evocative images (think Hans Stuck flying at the 'Flugplatz' ) with an excess of dramatic spoilers on the front, rear and even on the roof! Only 250 were built and they were hugely successful in period, gaining cult status amongst racing fans all over the world. This CSL was sold new in the UK on 21st March 1973. Purchased by our vendor in 2011, he had the bodywork fully stripped to bare metal and the car painted in the period-correct colour of Taiga Green by '355 Automobile Restorations International'. Pictures of the work are available in the history file. The mechanicals including the engine, suspension and gearbox were all reassembled by the Ferrari specialist SMDG. More recently, the car has been maintained by RH Classics and used on high days and holidays. The bodywork presents very well indeed with straight panel gaps and a deep finish to the paint. The chrome is in good order and the engine bay is extremely clean. A huge amount of work has been recently completed on the interior and it now looks fantastic. The wood veneer has been restored, the seats re-trimmed and the finished product is a joy to behold. The history file shows this CSL has had 8 former keepers and there are older bills and receipts from BMW specialists Jaymic, BMW Guildford and Munich Spares. Reading an un-substantiated but believed genuine 75,000 miles, we welcome pre-sale inspections on this cult classic. A rare opportunity to acquire a true homologation special that is now highly sought-after amongst collectors around the world.