1974 BMW 3.0 CSL

Offered by Bring a Trailer | September 2023

Photo – Bring a Trailer

BMW’s E9 series of cars started with the 2800 CS but eventually grew in displacement to become the 3.0 CS. Regardless of engine, these pillarless coupes are cars that have aged extremely well. BMW wanted to take the 3.0 CS/CSi racing in the 1970s and therefore needed to homologate it for European touring car competition.

And thus the 3.0 CSL was born. Just 1,265 were built and were initially powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six that grew to 3.2 liters in 1973. Output was then rated at 203 horsepower. An aerodynamic kit was also offered that year and is known as the “Batmobile.” This car has said kit and is finished in Polaris Silver with BMW Motorsport stripes.

E9s are cars that you’d probably prefer to buy “already done” and not have to fight any of the issues they’ve developed over time. This appears to be one of those, plus it’s got all of the best bits of the entire line (big engine, big aero). With five days to go as of this writing, the bidding is already over $150,000, which marks this as one of the most collectible big-dollar BMWs. Click here to read more.