A superb E9 3.0 CSL in Verona Red, chassis number 2285031. This rare example of BMW’s lightweight classic was lovingly restored in the late 80’s, and recently re-commissioned by us. The paintwork is deep & lustrous, the bright work is in fantastic condition, the interior is un-spoilt and the engine bay is very clean & tidy. The odometer currently reads 80,171 miles; the history includes MOT certificates dating from 1985 onward to help support this.
The CSL model came to the UK in June 1971, and 500 examples were imported up to mid 1974. The CSL was a homologation special to enable BMW to use these lightweight cars (based on the CSi road car) in competition, for example the European Touring Car Championship. The “L” in the designation meant “Leicht”; this lightness was achieved by using thinner steel on some body panels, removing trims and soundproofing, using aluminium alloy doors, bonnets, and boot lids, and using Perspex side windows. Only 500 RHD 3.0CSLs were made and many sold to the UK with what’s known as the ‘City Pack’, which wasn’t as light as the CSL was intended to be; due to the cost of the vehicle, buyers wanted the soundproofing, electric windows, and E9 bumpers.All coupes were built by Karmann, who were based in Osnabruck, the mechanical parts being shipped direct from Munich. Some 30 years after production ended, many parts are still available from BMW to keep these classic E9 series coupes on the road.
Paint and Bodywork
The overall condition is good. The brightwork is well above average with window trim and waist mouldings also in good condition. The Verona Red paintwork is glossy and overall very good. All the panels are in fairly good condition with no major dents or scratches. The windows are overall in good condition; however, there is delamination on the front windscreen. The car still carries the original BMW roundels; some of these could do with being replaced, but this isn’t necessary. The 14” wheels have been newly refurbished and are currently wearing Kumho Solus KH17 tyres. The doors and boot close well and with little difficulty.
The seats are whole and in very good condition, and there are no rips or defects. The wood dash has been professionally restored by hand by an expert cabinet maker. Door cards and vinyl trim are in excellent condition, as are the headlining and rear parcel shelf. There are no trims or other major items missing from the interior. The steering wheel is the original 3-spoke, drilled CSL wheel. The floor mats and carpets have been replaced, and are in perfect condition. The electric window motors are fairly tired and in need of some attention. The heater controls and other functions are working correctly. The boot interior is above average, with the boot floor and boot lid trim intact.
The engine bay is very clean and in good condition. All the various trim items are present. The expansion tank, fan, air filter etc. are all the correct colours and specification. It has been cleaned and lightly touched up by our expert valeting team, to give a very good overall presentation.
Engine and Mechanicals
This CSL starts drives and stops well. The idle is consistent and runs at the correct revolutions. The engine pulls strongly through its up-graded 5-speed gearbox and shows no major signs of wear. The car runs consistently at the correct temperature. The wipers work well (for a CSL!) and all lights, heated screen, and internal heating systems are in working order. Our technical team have completed a “Hit List”, and the car will be delivered in very good running order. The suspension has been fully inspected and any elements in need of adjustment will be as part of the PDi.
The car will have new MOT and a full oil/safety inspection prior to delivery.
Viewing of this exciting and sought after car is highly recommended; original specification E9 CSLs in this condition are rare indeed. Please ring 01825 740456 or email email@example.com to arrange a viewing or for more information.