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1972 BMW E9 3.0 CSL | 1.88M HKD

Effortlessly cool the E9 3.0 CSL is a perfectly proportioned piece of design that remains timeless, with its sweeping lines flowing uninterrupted thanks to its stunning pillar-less construction.

Visually indistinguishable from its more 'run of the mill' relations, (the CS and CSi) the 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Leicht) was creative homologation at its best. 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. By removing the trim; using thinner steel for the main body-shell; aluminium alloy for the doors, bonnet and boot lid; and Perspex for the side windows, a valuable 300lbs (136kgs) in weight was saved - 'Leicht' indeed. Renowned for their straight six engines and 4 speed Getrag gearbox, the BMWs 3.0L unit does not disappoint providing ample performance even by today’s standards. The interior in a BMW E9 coupe is like none other, beautifully laid out with lashings of wood trim, it is a wonderful place to be. Slide into the seats and it’s obvious this is a special car.


A unique opportunity to acquire the legendary original BMW CSL (Coupe Sport Leicht). With Karmann coachwork, the BMW E9 3.0 CSL we are offering here was originally delivered in the UK in 1972. The car was imported and registered in Hong Kong back in 2010 and accompanied with Service records in Hong Kong as well as past records from the UK, including a full restoration photo album. Finished in a highly desirable BMW Fjord Blue Metallic, the car is number 158 of 500 examples produced in right hand drive. Equipped with the original 4 speeds gearbox and the Städtepaket (City package) which came with Aluminium bonnet, boot lid and door skins. This is a special opportunity to buy a true icon of the 70's.

Being one of the original 'City package' cars it has the factory fitted chrome bumpers, softer sports suspension and electric windows. Finished in blue paintwork, a sharp and beautiful period BMW colour, perfectly suited to this homologation special, this CSL makes quite the impression when it comes into view.

Fun fact: A car review article written by Martin Buckley an ex-owner of this very car:

Available for viewing by appointment only.

Year: 1972

Body: 2 Doors Coupe

Exterior: Fjord Blue Metallic

Interior: Dark Blue

Driver's Side: RHD

Transmission: 4 Speed Manual

Indicated Mileage: 86,383 Miles

Location: Hong Kong

Registration: Registered in HK in 2010, One previous owner noted on VRD, Comes with "30CSL" number plate


  • Fully original, 1 OF 500 RHD made Homologation Special

  • Fully restored 15 years ago , well maintained & records presented

  • Ready to be driven and enjoyed

Classic Insider condition score: 80 points out of 100


Original. Older restoration with paint and brightwork still largely good. You can find visible and unavoidable blemishes such as cloudy chrome trims, hardened rubber due to ageing and regular use. The original alloy wheels are largely unmarked and shod with still fresh tires. The Interior, dash, seats, door cards and carpet are all original and in good condition given the age. Original steering wheels, seats and the wood trim, as well as original gauges. The mechanicals on this stunning car has been regularly maintained and remains in excellent condition. The car has a period correct radio, no A/C, comes with original spare wheel and jack kit.

Available Exclusively at Classic Insider. For more info, please contact:

Kenneth Wong

Telephone Or Whatsapp: +852 9013 2536


Service records from Hong Kong shows consistent service from 2011 - 2023

** All available previous Service records available upon request