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Bonhams To Sell Rare BMW M1 And 3.0 CSL At Auction

Posted in BMW, Car Auctions, Classic, Collector Cars, Expensive Cars, General, M Series by Kurt Ernst | September 19th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Photo: Bonhams

Want to own A BMW M1 or a BMW 3.0CSL? Do you have a bank account with a number, followed by lots of zeros? If you nodded your head to both questions, book yourself a flight to Dubai for the upcoming Bonhams Auction this October. Per 4 Wheels News, BMW is parting with these Classics Collection vehicles as a way of building their presence in the Middle East collector car market. Both cars are fully restored and have been displayed at selected EU concours d’elegance events. The sale marks the first time that BMW has offered vehicles from its Classics Collection for sale, which gives you an idea of the importance they’re placing on the Middle East market.


The BMW M1. Photo: Bonhams

The BMW M1 was produced from 1978 to 1981, and just 456 production cars were completed. It’s BMW’s only mass produced mid-engine vehicle, and it was powered by a 3.5 liter inline six cylinder motor good for 273 horsepower in stock trim. Turbocharged M1s, built for production sports car racing, were capable of as much as 850 horsepower.


The BMW 3.0 CSL, nickaned the Batmobile for its aero package. Photo: Bonhams

Like the M1, the BMW 3.0 CSL was built for racing and sold to the public only to meet homologation requirements. It was built in limited quantities and offered for sale between 1972 and 1975; including UK production (which retained soundproofing, electric windows and stock bumpers, thus excluding them as true “lightweight” cars), only 1,265 3.0 CSLs were built. If you want to split hairs and exclude the UK cars, only 765 were built.


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