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Sold for: £97,900
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This superbly presented, left-hand drive recreation of the legendary ‘Batmobile’ is a fantastic road/track day car but has the potential, with a few modifications, to become a competitive historic competition car. Painstakingly created over a five-year period by its previous owner, ‘4BYJ’ is based on a 1973 BMW CS shell prepared with enormous attention to detail and a very high standard of workmanship. The engine is an M30 Alpina B10 unit, overhauled by Fritz's Bits of Somerset and this is mated to a five-speed Getrag dog-leg gearbox. An aluminium boot, bonnet and doors have been fitted, together with Image wheels, a Sideloader LSD, Brembo front brakes, a ducted side exhaust, new windscreen and rubbers, plumbed-in fire extinguisher, ATL fuel cell to FIA standard FT3-1999 (with a Certificate of Conformance valid until 2022), OMP race seat (in compliance with FIA standard 8859-1999), racing harness and a Custom Cages roll cage.
Our vendor, a well-known collector and historic racing driver bought the ‘Batmobile’ from its previous owner, who commissioned the initial build, and has painstakingly gone through this wonderful machine during his ownership and the results are clear to see. Interestingly, going through the history file, there is some correspondence between our vendor and the MSA as to the car's potential eligibility for FIA papers. Our vendor informs us that he’s been advised that there are five minor areas that would need to be addressed in order to potentially obtain an FIA HTP.
1. Change the bell housing for the period-correct item.
2. Change the clutch slave cylinder.
3. Change the distributor
4. Change the Brembo calipers for original BMW parts
5. The exhaust should not be recessed into the bodywork and a small section of the floor would need to be returned to manufacturer's spec.
Our vendor has preferred to use this fabulous replica for road use during his ownership and he is generously including the cherished private plate ‘4 BYJ’ in the sale. Finished in Chamonix White with the classic 'M Sport' stripes in Process Blue, Purple 268 and Warm Red and sounding fabulous, this fantastic homage to the iconic ‘Batmobile’ would cost considerably over £100k to replicate today. Accompanied by the aforementioned history file, correspondence with the MSA, along with its UK V5C, Silverstone Auctions are proud to offer this superbly crafted homage to one of the most legendary Touring Cars in BMW’s history.
For those of us of a certain age, there is a huge amount of appeal in being able to enjoy a serious 'track day' on a Thursday at Silverstone in a gorgeous, well-sorted, E9 'Batmobile' and 'burble up' in the same car at your favourite pub on a Sunday lunchtime.
Video of the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL 'Batmobile' Group 2 Evocation