The BMW 3.0 CSL (technical name E9 was for coupés) evolved out of their original BMW 2800 that was first launched in 1968. Produced until 1975, the 3.0 CSL models were highly successful in car racing. About 1250 were built.
The body built by well-known coachbuilder Wilhelm Karmann, Germany, used thinner gauge but high strength steel and combined it with use of an aluminium alloy for the bonnet, boot, doors, etc. Even the window glass was made of a special type of acrylic material called Perspex that was five times stronger than the original glass but half its weight. The car being lightweight was therefore designated as CSL (the letter L stood for lightweight).
The car was homologated (a term used for vehicles that have to go through a certain certification process so as to regularize its use) in the year 1973. To make the car more aerodynamic, owners of this model were provided with air-dam (a type of spoiler that is fitted in the front of the vehicle), spoilers on the edge of the roof and a rear wing. However as the use of rear wings were not allowed on German roads, BMW sold them separately. This complete aerodynamic car earned the nick-name - Batman.
A highly detailed model with only 504 pieces created.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|- Only 504 pieces created|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||14 x 7 x 6|