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  •   CFB18705 reacted to this post about 6 months ago
    BMW Art Cars #Alexander-Calder : 3.0CSL. In the first of a new series looking at BMW’s Art Cars we delve back in the history books to unearth the story behind the first such machine… #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / #BMW / #Alexander-Calder / #BMW-E9-Alexander-Calder / #1975 / #BMW-3.0CSL-Alexander-Calder / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9-Alexander-Calder /

    BMW is rightly proud of its collection of #Art-Cars and they’re regularly exhibited around the world in art galleries, but while it is happy to take the plaudits for the range of artists it’s commissioned over the years the first Art Car wasn’t actually a #BMW creation after all. The car you see here was actually commissioned by a wealthy French art dealer and part-time racing driver, Hérve Poulain, after he purchased a Group 2 racing #CSL from BMW Motorsport to compete at Le Mans. He then persuaded his friend, sculptor Alexander Calder, to paint the car in order for it to be a moving work of art at the #1975 24-Hour race.

    Born in 1898 in Philadelphia, the legendary artist Alexander-Calder began his career as an engineer, but art soon won out over engineering and he developed a unique style of sculpture. His often large-scale pieces had a buoyant appeal and were often painted in cheery primary colours. His forte was creating mobile sculptures, combining Calder’s love of art with his knowledge of engineering and, despite the fact that he was primarily a sculptor, Poulain commissioned him to paint the CSL that he was to race at Le Mans.

    It wasn’t Calder’s first foray into painting a machine; in #1973 he painted a passenger jet owned by Braniff South American Airlines and from the experience garnered from this exercise Calder felt he was able to put his own stamp on the CSL. Instead of trying to work with the shape of the car, Calder subjected it to his bold use of colour – bright red, blue and yellow – that didn’t attempt to use the car’s streamlining or overall shape to constrain his view of how it should look. He created a bold design that looks stunning.

    The fact that the car has the mechanical backing and aerodynamic addenda to carry off the colour scheme was the icing on the cake. Under the bonnet was a 3210cc version of the legendary ‘six, it boasted twin overhead cams and four-valves per cylinder and was rated at around 480hp with a top speed, according to BMW, of 180mph.

    Poulain entered the car under his own name and employed the services of well-known endurance racers Sam Posey and Jean Guiche. Perhaps thanks to the depleted field at Le Mans the car qualified well, taking pole position for its class and tenth spot overall on the grid. Strictly speaking the class win should have been a formality for the Calder CSL as its main competition came from another CSL, a brace of Ford Capri 2600s and a Heidegger 2002. However, when it comes to endurance racing there are no such things as certainties. Initially the car ran well and was in fifth position overall but sadly suffered a driveshaft failure after seven hours and was forced to retire leaving the Heidegger 2002 to take the Group 2 class win.

    Despite the car showing promise at #Le-Mans it never raced again as #BMW purchased the car from Poulain and it became the first machine in its #BMW-Art-Car collection. It wasn’t the end for Poulain though, but we’ll come onto that when we look at some of the other #Art-Cars that followed in the ensuing years…
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  •   CFB18705 reacted to this post about 6 months ago
    BMW ART CARS / #Frank-Stella : #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW-E9 / #Kugelfischer-Injection-System / #Kugelfischer / #BMW-E9-Frank-Stella / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / / #Art-Cars / #BMW

    Never mind the fine artwork on the bodywork, underneath Stella’s geometric lines this #CSL packed a mighty turbocharged punch.

    The second of BMW’s Art Cars was another CSL and technically this machine was the brainchild of the then-head of #BMW-Motorsport , Jochen Neerpasch. It came about as a result of rule changes for the #1976 season which would have seen the factory works CSLs effectively detuned for the more stringent Group 2 regulations which demanded a return to smaller aerodynamic addenda, wet sump lubrication, and most crucially, a banning of four-valve cylinder heads unless they were used in series production. Neerpasch didn’t take this lying down and decided to strap a pair of turbochargers to the CSL’s engine and take on the dominant Porsche 935s in Group 5.

    In hindsight it might not have been the best idea as the car wasn’t desperately reliable and in the end only raced three times at #Silverstone , #Le-Mans and #Dijon . The Stella CSL used a 3.2-litre version of the twin-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder #M49 / #BMW-M49 unit to which Josef Schnitzer attached a brace of #KKK turbochargers and a Kugelfischer injection system. On the dyno it could crack 1000hp, but it was wound down to develop 750-800hp in race trim in a vain attempt to allow the rest of the car to cope with these monumental forces that it had never been designed to withstand. There was no doubting that it was quick… but on its first outing at Silverstone it lasted just 14 laps before needing a new set of boots that had been vapourised by the engine’s torque and by lap 43 it had retired with a melted transmission.

    At Silverstone the car didn’t yet sport Frank Stella’s geometric patterns but BMW had seen how much interest the Calder CSL had generated at Le Mans the previous year so it commissioned Stella to paint the car for the 1976 running of the endurance classic. With longer gearing for Le Mans the CSL was a monster, allegedly pulling 212mph on the Mulsanne straight – drivers Gregg and Redmond must have been absolute legends – and they managed to put it eighth on the grid. Sadly in the race the inevitable happened and it retired after 23 laps.

    Its last outing was at the last round of the World Makes Championship which was held at the small Dijon circuit in September 1976. By now the turbo CSL sported a reinforced differential, gearbox and halfshafts and was back in the hands of Peterson (who had driven it at Silverstone). In qualifying at least, things at last seemed to be going according to plan as he managed to hold back the phalanx of Porsche 935s to take the top spot on the grid.

    Peterson led from the start and once he’d pulled away from Jacky Ickx’s Martini 935 the boost was wound down until Ickx could maintain the same pace as the CSL but not catch it. However, even this approach didn’t work and on lap 33 the diff turned into a casing full of swarf! A glorious failure then… but just look at, obscenely bulging arches, huge wings and that fantastic livery – what’s not to like?
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  •   CFB18705 reacted to this post about 6 months ago
    1973 BMW 3.0CSL ‘ #Batmobile ’ £165,000

    Genuine ‘Batmobiles’ are be few and far between; this lookalike offers an accurate compromise, says Richard
    There’s a common misconception that every BMW 3.0CSL came bedecked with spoilers, fins and a stripped interior. Many owners, especially British ones, opted for more subtlety. That was the case with this car, now for sale from a private collection. Its conversion from Series II CSL to ‘Batmobile’ spec was done during a restoration using, according to the vendor, genuine BMW Motorsport parts. The attention to detail included conversion from right- to left-hand drive. It has covered under 500 miles since.

    Finished in Chamonix White with BMW Motorsport striping, care has obviously been taken to make this look as accurate as possible, with the full quota of add-on aerodynamic and weight-saving parts. Exterior condition is mostly excellent. Corrosion is absent, save for what looks like a minute stain at the rear of the left-hand side sill cover. On the other side, the right-hand side sill cover doesn’t quite fit flushly because of a loose securing screw. The left-hand rear edge of the bonnet also doesn’t sit quite as snugly as it could when closed. Up close, there are a few minor marks on some of the side trim and black-painted rear bumpers. The chrome wheelarch trims are all superb.
    Behind the Alpina wheels, only the nearside pair show any minor rim scuffing.

    Tyres are Bridgestone Turanza T001s, 205/55 R16 91Ws up front with wider 225/50 R16 92Ws at the rear, all from 2013 and looking healthy. The underbody looks to have been comprehensively sealed. Inside, the cabin is very tidy, although it shows more ageing signs than the exterior.

    With 67,679km (42,054 miles) on the speedometer, it has obviously been looked after but not over-restored so that it loses any patina. Thus the wood shows some some wear, mostly around the extremities by the doors. There’s a gap in the centre console for the radio, just waiting to be filled by a period Blaupunkt or Becker. Apart from the clock, all of the controls, gauges and warning lights work and behave as they should. The seats – leather with corduroy inserts – look nearly new.

    On the road, the BMW behaves impeccably. There’s no roughness, the idle is smooth and the temperature needle stays resolutely at the centre of its travel once it reaches working temperature.

    Gear selection is easy throughout, with a surprisingly light clutch, and the steering feels tight and accurate with no play. As docile as the CSL is around town, the car comes alive when let loose on a faster road – it surges forward with no hesitation. Fortunately, the brakes are very sharp; they pull the car up quickly, without any veering to one side.
    Sadly when the owner responsible for the restoration passed away, the history went AWOL. However, this car bears all the marks of a very good 3.0CSL where the ‘Batmobile’ additions have been performed to a high, authentic standard. And it’s up for considerably less money than you’d pay for an original ‘Batmobile’.

    CHOOSE YOUR BMW 3.0 CSL E9

    1 Production of the homologation ‘Leicht’ BMW E9 began in 1971, under the 3.0CSL designation. Lightweight steel and alloy body panels, Plexiglass rear side windows and a stripped-out interior saved 200kg over the standard 3.0CS.

    2 After 169 cars, the second series came out in 1972 with a fuel-injected 3003cc engine in place of previous 2985cc twin-carburettor unit. There were 500 rhd and 429 lhd examples.

    3 The third series (1973-1974) saw engine capacity increased to 3153cc, and aerodynamic aids added. On road cars, these were often supplied unfitted in the boot for owners to fit. All of these 110 cars were left-hand drive.

    4 The fourth series (1974-1975) brought down the curtain on the E9 3.0CSL, with just 57 made.

    Car #1973-BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-evocation-E9 / #1973 / #BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-evocation-E9 / #1973-BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL-Batmobile-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW /

    Price £165,000
    Contact Private seller, Letchworth, Hertfordshire (07860 264932)
    Engine 3003cc sohc straight-six, M30 / Bosch electronic fuel injection
    Max Power 200bhp @ 5500rpm
    Max Torque 200 lb ft @ 4300rpm
    Performance
    0-60mph: 7.3sec;
    Top speed: 134mph
    Length 4658mm
    Width 1676mm
    Fuel consumption 17mpg

    Interior shows age-related wear but no over-tired trim pieces ‘Batmobile’ aero parts are supposedly genuine BMW items.
    The basis is a second-series E9 CSL, so it has a 3003cc straight-six.
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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 10 months ago
    BMW might have a reputation for reliability, but the mighty 3.0 CSL was far from infallible – as proven by the Nürburgring Six Hours ‘Grand Prix for Touring Cars’, held on the gruelling #Nordschleife on 14 July #1974 . More than half of the 60-plus starters failed to reach the finish, and among them were all 11 CSLs entered – despite the early promise of Hans Stuck taking both pole and fastest lap in his works machine.

    THE BIG PICTURE #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW-E9 / #BMW

    Hans Heyer and Klaus Ludwig’s Ford Escort RS1600 won ahead of the Hezemans/Lauda/Glemser Capri, but the fast yet fragile BMWs live longest in the memory for the iconic shots of them yumping out of Pflanzgarten – as demonstrated here by the Swiss #BMW-Alpina team pairing of Peter Arm and Cox Kocher. Images such as these helped to seal the CSL legend.
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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 10 months ago
    That's only three times: dream convertible based on the legendary BMW E9 Coupé

    Open cars, that is convertibles, radiate a special fascination. Even more than their close relatives, they stand for fun and enjoyment - in short, for the finer things in life. If the sky-wide headroom is then still provided by a particularly rare model, the driver has sun in the heart and a grin on the face. Like Marco Pfotenhauer, who owns the E9 Convertible presented here. Text: Bernd Bartels. Photos: Frank Schwichtenberg.

    Open to true beauty / #BMW-E9-Convertible / #BMW-E9 / #BMW / #BMW-E9-Convertible-M88 / #BMW-E9-Cabrio / #BMW-M88 / #M88/3 / #BMW-E9-Cabrio-M88 / #BMW-E9-M88

    The nameplate warns: This BMW has a lot of fuss under the hood! M-Power in classic dress.
    In 2000, the paths of Marco and the E9 convertible crossed for the first time. "He was on Sima-Power's website, and it was love at first sight," recalls the entrepreneur. He had already caught the BMW virus as a child with an uncle. He was a car dealer and liked to ride cool E9 coupes ... 30 years later, the above advertisement was online: E9 Convertible in the dream combination "Amazonas-Green" with beige leather and two-tone BBS "RS" wheels. The catch: Marco had just bought his first house, and it was offspring on the march. In such a situation, it is difficult to argue for the purchase of a not very cheap "fun car". Reason won, and the car was sold elsewhere.

    Anyone who flatly refuses convertible conversions is taught otherwise by this E9.

    Tacho up to 300 - has in Marcos E9 convertible quite his legitimate. The extremely good quality of the conversion continues seamlessly in the interior.

    Twelve years later, the same car was suddenly up for sale. Markus' company had developed very well in the meantime, so that finally the time had come to strike. "The negotiations with the seller were fair, and we quickly agreed," says Marco. So he used the way back from a business meeting in Switzerland to stop in Munich and take the car directly at the airport on a trial basis. On its own axis, it then went home. "Once driven, it was of course impossible to resist the convertible," says its current owner.

    Perfect lines - nothing works here "rebuilt". The stern is a happy ending in leather country: first-class feeling in all seats. The many chocolate sides of the E9.

    This also applies to this convertible.

    Very interesting is the history of this E9: Although he was in excellent condition, Sima-Power used the conversion to completely rebuild the BMW with new parts. The company was at that time as one of the first addresses for E9 coupes. All in all, three E9 convertibles were created by Sima-Power, inspired by the "Spirit" structures of A. Leuthe (Fahrzeugbau by Andy).

    The convertible on these pages is the third and last E9 Cabriolet that built Sima-Power - and it has some special features. The reaching to 300 kmh speedometer disc indicates that power is here at the start. Under the hood is an M88/3 engine, which was later installed in the M635CSi E24 and also formed the motor base for the legendary M1 E26 and for the bear-strong racing coupes of the 1970s. Top performance of 465bhp - in the ProCar vehicles even 850bhp - speak a clear language. The "civilian" version in this E9 Cabriolet delivers a remarkable 286bhp, which speeds it up to 250 kmh - if you dare.

    The chariot plays its charm but rather at speedy cruising over mountains and valleys. "Curve left, curve right and accelerate powerfully in between - he masters perfectly," smiles Marco. But he also knows that his BMW polarized. "For purists, he is simply unacceptable - some coupe friends see it as a sacrilege that the C-pillar was sacrificed with its distinctive logo. For the rest, it's a great design variant of the legendary coupe. "We're one of them and call out to everyone," Be open to true beauty! "


    Color harmony: The beige interior fits perfectly with the paint in "Amazonian green". Gloss and Glory: Chrome-plated grills make for a particularly classy look.

    FEATURE FACTS BMW E9

    Engine: M88 / 3-DOHC 24V straight six, 3,453cc, 286bhp; Bore x stroke in mm: 84 x 93.4; Densification 10.5: 1;
    Single throttle valves, intake manifold injection
    Power transmission: five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
    Suspension: independent front suspension, McPherson struts,
    Torsion bar stabilizers; rear semi-trailing axle,
    Torsion bar stabilizers
    Brakes: original disc brakes all around
    Wheels: #BBS-RS alloy wheels, two-tone, in 16 "
    Tires: Michelin "Pilot Sport", all around 205/55 ZR16
    Body: Convertible conversion of Sima-Power,
    Painting in " #Amazon-Green "
    Interior: beige leather interior, 300 kmh speedometer, wood steering wheel
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  •   Chris Hrabalek reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    BMW CSL PRINT BY #FREDERIC-DAMS / #BMW-Art-Car / #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL-Art-Car / #BMW / #BMW-E9-Art-Car /

    Ah, the irony – a BMW ‘Art Car’ from the mid 1970s turned into contemporary art. The CSL racer kickstarted the whole Art Car movement and was painted in 1975 by #BMW-3.0CSL-Alexander-Calder before racing at #Le-Mans . This dynamic modern print is by Frederic Dams. From £35. historiccarart.net
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  •   Russ Smith reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    Classic conversion / #BMW-3.0CSi-E9 / #BMW

    With hybrid and completely electric cars becoming an ever more common sight on UK roads, it appears that the motoring public is taking this technology to heart and, as a result, the major manufacturers – including BMW – are channeling more and more investment into research and vehicle development.

    But it’s not only that mainstream vehicle producers what are starting to take this growing sector of the market seriously, things are developing in the independent sector, too. One company we heard of recently, Electric Classic Cars, specialises in the conversion of interesting cars to 100% electric power.

    Interestingly, the company is currently converting an #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSi which, as ECC partner Richard Morgan explains, is getting the full treatment. “The CSi has already undergone a complete, bareshell restoration, with multiple rust areas addressed and new battery mounting points welded into place.

    “The bodyshell is now being primed and sealed, ready for the first dry-build. The interior has been re-trimmed in black leather, and all the exterior shiny bits are away being re-chromed.

    The engine and gearbox have been sent to be 3D-scanned, so that we can design the adapter plate and coupler to allow the electric motor to bolt to the existing gearbox. The motor will be the same unit we used in a recent Porsche 911 conversion, which was powerful enough for a 0-60mph time of 7secs, in that car, combined with 220ft lb of torque from zero rpm.

    The battery pack will also be the same as that fitted to the 911 (54kWh), and all this should be enough to ensure similarly impressive performance and 200+-mile range in the CSi.”

    We hope to take a look at this fascinating conversion in a future issue but, in the meantime, you can find out more at: www.electricclassiccars.co.uk

    This #BMW-E9-Electric 3.0 CSi has undergone a complete bodyshell restoration at #Electric-Classic-Cars … … and the boot floor has been adapted to take the battery packs that will power the car’s 54kWh electric motor.
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  •   Elizabeth reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    / #1973 / #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSL / #BMW-3.0CSL-E9 / #BMW-3.0CS / #BMW

    ESTIMATE £45,000 - £55,000

    We can’t help but feel that this car’s seemingly low estimate has been designed to draw potential purchasers in and we reckon this car could sell for considerably more than this figure. Provenance is the watch word when it comes to CSLs and this UK spec machine that has lived much of its life in Germany has it by the bucketload, with ownership from two brothers and extensive history. It was restored quite some time ago and will definitely benefit from some attention soon but currently has full TüV road-legal approval. If only we had £50k to spend!
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