No BMW Motorsport 40 year anniversary tribute is complete without a special tribute to the very first BMW Motorsport car, the E9 CSL.
The CSL was built for BMW by Karmann between 1968 and 1975. The car was a svelte 2400lbs with 3.2-liter (340 hp/253 kW) and 3.5-liter (430 PS) engines and aerodynamics that dubbed the CSL as the “Batmobile”, but it also established BMW as a premier racing team.
In 1973, Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0CSL and co-drove a 3.0CSL with Dieter Quester to a class victory at Le Mans. Hezemans and Quester had driven to second place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, being beaten only by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in another 3.0CSL.
Today’s Super Bild is one of five campaigned by BMW North America in 1975 as it was photographed at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance just this past March.
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