BMW CSL Race Cars at 2014 Amelia Island Concours
BMW CSL Race Cars at 2014 Amelia Island Concours

Amelia Island Concours 2014 – BMW CSL Class

The legendary BMW CSL ‘Batmobiles’ were featured at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, held March 9th on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida.

The BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 race car that won the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring won Best in Class at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours, while the BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2 racer that won the 1973 European Sedan Championship took second place at the 19th annual event. The highlight of the class of BMW 3.0 CSL race and road cars was the Alexander Calder BMW Art Car from 1975 — the first in the well-known series of BMW Art Cars.

The 3.0 CSL race cars were the first cars to be developed under the then-new BMW Motorsport GmbH subsidiary, established in 1972 and led by Jochen Neerpasch. They were also the first to sport the new official colors of BMW Motorsport — red, purple and blue. Based on the production 3.0 CS coupe, the aluminum skinned CSL (L = lightweight) homologation special, nicknamed the ‘Batmobile’ by its fans, formed the basis for an assault on Group 2 through Group 5 European touring car racing that would make it one of the most successful production race cars of all time.

The BMW CSL ‘Batmobile’ racers arrived from Europe wearing a frosting of giant wings, huge fender boxes and big spoilers, all powered by a 430 hp straight-six engine that made a glorious noise and propelled BMW’s coupe to over 180 mph. American road racing fans took one look and fell in love.

“BMW’s ‘Batmobiles’ introduced American road racing fans to a new and different style of driving,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “BMW factory driver Hans Stuck led the charge with wild exhibitions of flat-out, wheel lifting, sideways, ‘eleven-tenths’ ‘Batmobile’ racing that had nothing to do with the traditional smooth techniques of the grand masters of the ‘50s and ‘60s. It was wild and mad, but it was frantic, fast and fun to watch.”

BMW 3.0 CSL Alexander Calder Art Car
BMW 3.0 CSL Alexander Calder Art Car
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 Race Car
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 Race Car
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 Race Car
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 Race Car
BMW CSL Race Cars
BMW CSL Race Cars

BMW CSL Race Cars
BMW CSL Race Cars
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 Race Car
Amelia Island Concours Class Winner – 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 4 Race Car
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2 Race Car
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2 Race Car
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL

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  1. Finally the BMW 3.0 CSL was talking recognition it deserves. I have always thought it as being one of the greatest cars ever built. I have owned over 10 3.0cs,s finally I landed at the European 1973 3.0 CSI. I’ve been in love with these cars for over 30 years. The first one I saw was in about 1980, it was a 1973 3.0csi Tiaga green with cognac leather with polished injection. I said at the time I would love to own one these cars it took me 10 years but every dime I had to buy my first one. It was a 1971 2800 cs Sahara tan with black leather, I wheeled and dealed 9 other coupes until my black on black euro 1973 3.0csi with alpina wheels and a Nardi steering wheel. Fortunately I live in California where a lot of 3.0 cs,s were sold and I was able to parley to a really great one. P.S. I also own a European 1980 635 csi with 75,000 original miles anthracite grey with cognac leather. Long live the legend!!!