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1975 BMW 3.0CSL

Batmobile
$291,000
Sale Price
$325,000 - $375,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
5 March 2022
Sold Date
172
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 4355049. Taiga Metallic and black over black vinyl and cloth. 3153/206hp, 5-speed, power steering, alloy wheels, Vredestein tires, Scheel sports seats, wood dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows.

Evaluation: Represented as the 49th of 57 second series cars. Restored in the 1990s. Paint blisters on the green part of the rear wing as well as some scuffs and scratches on the black plastic part. Two big cracks in the front air dam. Otherwise good quality paint finish in its rare original color. Solid restored interior. Tidy and lightly used underneath. A reasonably well restored and carefully used Batmobile.

Bottom Line: The CSL Batmobile is top dog among the E9-generation sport coupes, namely thanks to its success in touring car and IMSA racing as well as that famous rear wing. This one sold for a then-fair $150,000 at Quail Lodge in 2009 and seems to have been well maintained but not seriously improved since. This price nearly 13 years later is equally fair, and just goes to show how far BMW’s best classic models have come in the collector car market.

by Andrew Newton
11 March 2022
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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