The Classic Sale At Silverstone Festival 25th - 27th August 2023

+ buyers premium of 12.5% plus VAT (15% incl VAT) on the first £300,000 of the hammer and 10% plus VAT (12% incl VAT) thereafter 109 Registration: WAL 857M Chassis No.: 2285486 Estimate: £85,000 - £105,000 Specialist: Harry Fox-Edwards Telephone No: 07398 872032 Lot 612 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL (E9) We understand that a mere 1,039 CSLs were ever produced, out of which 500 came in right-hand drive for BMW UK. Interestingly, virtually all UK cars were fitted with the “City Package,” technically an optional extra, that included a front bumper, electric windows, power steering, a heated rear screen, boot lock, a tool kit, and sound deadening. This upgrade undoubtedly enhanced the car’s civility, but it naturally offset some of the initial weight savings. The particular car in question is one of those 500 right-hand drive models and has been privy to a meticulous and impressive restoration. The car we’re offering is a truly incredible example with an interesting story. Currently owned by its 5th keeper from new, with its 3rd custodian owning the car for 26 years, keeping it in a heated garage but having it laid up in said garage since 1999 until being sold in rolling project form at auction in 2014. A well-known amateur racing driver purchased the car but unfortunately passed away before any significant work was done so it was re-sold in 2015 in running and driving project form to the current owner who set about bringing it up to rude health, investing over £100,000 in the process, with a plethora of bills and invoices on file for parts, labour and maintenance. The majority of the restoration was undertaken by Paul Baker Restorations to an incredible standard. As part of the work undertaken, the car was taken down to the bare shell including removal of old paint and rust with photos documenting these processes. It was repainted in Polaris Metallic Silver and adorned with high- quality BMW Motorsport (Martini) side-stripes. The bodywork restoration was done meticulously with modern materials, resulting in an excellent condition. While we don’t know why, but presumably because both the cars and parts were so cheap at the time, and with no indicators of any foul play at hand, the car was re-shelled in the late-1980s, using a CSA shell but retaining its lightweight alloy bonnet, doors, and boot lid, the main characteristic of the CSL. The previous owner made it clear that the car has been re-shelled by omitting certain markings. Completing the pleasing external aesthetic, the car was fitted with new replica Alpina 16” wheels with Michelin tires. The old 14” wheels were retained and will come with the car. Mechanically the engine was upgraded to a reconditioned CSL engine with 3.3-litres displacement, a big step up from the original 3.0-litre. It was a genuine BMW factory reconditioned unit as it is coded 33 indicating 3.3 litres (BMW rounded up the displacement), E indicates “Petrol Injection” and “D” indicates D-Jetronic. 1096 is the serial number and “A” indicates remanufactured. By good fortune, this upgrade will compensate for the slightly heavier shell because it increases the mid-range engine torque by 23ft/lbs. The cylinder head and bores were serviced, and various components were replaced or tested, and a gas-flowed stainless-steel exhaust was installed. All suspension parts were restored, and new suspension bushes were fitted, front wishbones were replaced, brake servos were changed, and brake components were overhauled as well as installing thicker anti-roll bars and replacing the power steering pump. Inside the car the interior wood was re-veneered, the panels were restored and reused, the Scheel seats were recovered, a new period correct carpet set was installed but the original roof lining was retained. One of 500 UK-delivered, meticulously restored and outstandingly presented City Pack 3.0CSLs with a £100,000 restoration behind it and period-correct upgrades. More Details Lot 612 Bid On Lot 612