Jay Kay’s stunning 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL is up for sale and the “White Knuckle Ride” is one of the best examples ever to go under the auctioneer’s gavel.
Utilising the E9 platform, the 3.0 CSL is a lightweight, performance-oriented version of the standard 3.0 CS/3.0 CSi coupé and was unveiled at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show prior to being introduced in May 1972 as a ‘homologation’ model for the German Touring Car Championship developed by a separate division within BMW AG that would later become known as BMW Motorsport GmbH.
Success at Le Mans in the touring car class in 1973 and 1974, the IMSA GT Championship in 1975, and winning the European Touring Car Championships every year from 1973 to 1979 (apart from a minor blip in 1974), saw the CSL and its tenacious lines become highly desirable.
The “L” in the designation stood for leicht (light) and a total of 1,096 CSLs were built, with just 500 of these being imported into the UK. The great majority of UK cars were optioned with the ‘City Package’ designed to make the 3.0 CSL more usable as a daily driver.
These versions retained the standard interior trim, negating the total weight saving somewhat, but the other benefits were retained, including the aero kit, thinner gauge steel, and aluminium parts.
On offer directly from Rock Legend, Jay Kay’s eclectic collection (Estimate: £135,000 – £155,000), ‘YVW 101L’ has been described as the best E9 CSL Silverstone Auctions have ever seen and is one of only 500 CSLs built in right-hand drive. It had been ordered from new with the popular ‘City package’ which included electric windows, extra sound deadening, full bumpers and wheel arch extensions and is finished in its original shade of Chamonix White with black graphics.
Matching numbers and covering around 62,000 miles, the German star is supported by a fantastic history file which contains the original buff logbook displaying the date of first registration as the 17th October 1972 to BMW dealer, Bates of Maldon in Essex, a record of previous owners recalling its interesting life since 1972, the service records, early MOTs including the first in 1975 and some early correspondence.
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