1974 IMSA 3.5 CSL
This BMW 3.5CSL is one of 5, built to demonstrate BMW’s road racing prowess to America. These cars were constructed in 1974 by the newly-formed BMW Motorsport division. They are the culmination of legendary endurance racing contest against Ford, Alfa Romeo, and Porsche at the Nurburgring, Spa, Monza and other revered European tracks.
The superior development of their engines, drivetrains, suspensions, and aerodynamics brought the BMW North American CSLs victories at Daytona, Sebring, Laguna Seca, Riverside and Talladega, in the IMSA GT series, in 1975 and 76. The extraordinary balance of the “batmobiles” overcame the endurance of the Porsches, and the massive power of the American V-8 engines Monzas, in the premier road racing venue of the era. The fondly remembered BMW coupes also won 5 European Touring Car Championships and multiple national championships in less than 7 years!
The owners of these 5 icons are : Henry Schmitt-BMW of San Francisco, BMW AG, of Munich, Germany, BMW of North America, Andrew Cannon, Australia and an unknown entity in Saudi Arabia.