BMW 3.0 CSL Sells for Staggering €1M+ at Auction

The BMW M division celebrated its 50th anniversary with unveiling the 3.0 CSL a year ago. Speculations suggested the special edition, based on the M4 G82, was priced around €750,000, though BMW didn’t officially confirm this. Despite the high price tag raising doubts about market demand, the Bavarian automaker quickly attracted 50 buyers. The vehicle paid homage to the legendary E9 “Batmobile” with this modern iteration.

A year later, the value of these cars has soared, as evidenced by a recent sale. One of the 50 units, #44, was auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Munich and fetched a remarkable €900,000. Including taxes and fees, the final price reached €1,017,500. The winning bid, made over the phone, came from a collector eager to add this most powerful BMW production car with an inline-six engine to their collection.

When first purchased on August 4 from Bayern Avenue S.A.S. in Cannes, France, the 3.0 CSL was virtually new. It only traveled 33 kilometers (20.5 miles). Painted in Alpine White, like its 49 counterparts, it features a black interior with abundant Alcantara and carbon bucket seats. It is designed for two people and is similar to the M4 CSL. However, it differs with an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of a six-speed manual.

The 3.0 CSL stands out with its enhanced power and the addition of a clutch pedal. It boasts a hand-painted, coachbuilt body inspired by the 1973 model. BMW distinguishes it from the M4 CSL with centre-lock wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires featuring a “50” emblem on the sidewall. Affluent customers also received a wealth of artwork and a scale model of this high-performance coupe.

While it’s tempting to label this the most expensive BMW sold, that title goes to a 1957 507 Roadster (hardtop). This classic car fetched an astonishing £3,809,500 at a Bonhams auction in 2018, setting the record for the priciest BMW ever.

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