This BMW 3.0 CSL Is Absolutely Stunning

I've argued before that nothing beats an E9. And in case you needed more proof, this jaw-dropping 3.0 CSL makes my case.

By Mack Hogan, Road & Track

To me, nothing beats an E9. Its simple, clean design quite literally stopped me in my tracks when I first saw it. Adding more to the base model—a wing, a chunkier front end, stripes—should clutter and disrupt the design. And yet, as this BMW 3.0 CSL for sale on Bring a Trailer proves, the homologation special looks even better than the standard car.

The most drastic difference is the wing, which rises gracefully from the bodywork into a fin shape. It apparently wasn't standard on this car—only "Batmobile" CSLs originally had the massive spoiler, but the car was upgraded in the Nineties to have the iconic fin-style wing. It's complemented by a bigger air dam, a roof spoiler, and fender extensions. Plus, a black-with-M-stripes paint job that perfectly suits this sinister build.


This car's updates didn't stop with the body though. For better or worse, it's no longer running its original engine. Instead, it's got a 3.5-liter M30B34 inline-six, an engine that made 215 hp in some applications. Stock CSLs made about 203 hp. This one also has a Getrag five-speed dogleg manual transmission, supposedly installed in 2018.

It also shows 58,000 miles, not a low number for something this rare and valuable. Altogether, it's by no means the most pristine 3.0 CSL out there. The benefit—for people that actually want to drive incredible cars like this—is that it probably won't command the stratospheric price of a mint example. And that means it's okay to actually drive the thing without worrying about every minor scratch. Still, be a little bit careful. It may not be perfect, but it'd be a crime to dent bodywork that good.

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Automotive Magazine: This BMW 3.0 CSL Is Absolutely Stunning
This BMW 3.0 CSL Is Absolutely Stunning
I've argued before that nothing beats an E9. And in case you needed more proof, this jaw-dropping 3.0 CSL makes my case.
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