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Rare Find: Driving a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL for a proper review!

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Join us in this exclusive video as we take the rare and iconic 1972 BMW 3.0CSL for a spin! Check out our latest Gold GT40 video if you haven't: This isn't just any classic BMW – it's a highly sought-after first series, factory lightweight, carbureted Homologation Special. Gary presents the history behind the first car that the BMW Motorsports division put its hands on after Alpina proved the concept. This car is one of 169 Carbureted Lightweights produced, and one of 55 Golf Yellow cars. The car has the original numbers matching Carburetor and 3.0L Inline 6 cylinder. Visually indistinguishable from its more run-of-the-mill relations, the CS and CSi, the 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Leicht) was the very first model designed and developed by BMW's Motorsport division, The BMW engineers’ solution to the marketing department’s requirements was to develop a limited-production-run homologation special to meet the constrictive framework of the Group 2 racing class regulations. Homologated initially with a fractionally over-bored 3,003-cc engine enabled it to compete in the over 3-liter class. By removing the trim; using thinner steel for the main body shell; aluminum alloy for the doors, bonnet and boot lid; and Perspex for the side windows, a valuable 300 pounds (136 kg) in weight was saved.   This early-production Series 1 CSL Lightweight is one of the first 169 cars equipped with twin Zenith 35/40INAT downdraught carburettors before the switch to fuel injection. Completed at the Munich-based Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) plant on April 27th, 1972 this rare, homologation-special CSL was one of only 55 finished in Golf Yellow over a black interior and delivered new to its first owner in Verona, Italy. Since the 3.0 CSL was never offered here in North America, this example was imported into the USA by a California resident in 1982.   From there it remained in California for most of its life, remaining in extremely original condition. This highly original BMW 3.0 CSL retains its matching numbers carbureted 3.0L six cylinder engine. In 1996, it was selected to be displayed as exemplar of CSLs by BMW CCA at Monterey Historic Races. Today, this sporting BMW coupe displays a wonderful, light patina throughout, and has the feeling of a car that has never been taken apart. #bmw #beamer #vintagecars #classiccars #1972 #legendarymotorcar #garyklutt

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