1973 BMW 3L CSL Verona Red
(Featured on 15th February 2012)
Sellers original description:
A fantastic specimen of the legendary CSL.
RHD City Pack, Electric windows, PAS, Scheel sports seats, Sports steering wheel, Alloy wheels, Aluminum bonnet, boot lid and door skins, Alarm.
This CSL looks fast in its original factory Verona red paintwork! The finish is stunning and the paintwork retains a deep shine with no fading. The headlights remain clear and bright and the metal chrome work sparkles. The plastic covered chrome work is starting to show its age slightly but still looks great amongst the chrome arches and wiper stalks. Amazingly this CSL still retains its engine undertray and a whole host of small plastic bumper rubbers and trim pieces that tend to get lost or damaged over time and during lengthy restorations.
The interior has been re-done which is documented in the large history file. While not completely original the quality of the leather and alcantara materials and workmanship is very good with the red piping makes a great match for the Verona paintwork. The wood trim still retains its original satin finish and has aged well without the common problem of the lacquer pealing off. There are no unsightly speaker holes in the door cards or rear parcel shelf. It is nice to see the plastic seat base covers are still present, a item that is fragile and prone to getting lost and broken over time. There is a lovely moto-lita wood steering wheel that is in perfect condition that sits well amongst the rest of the wood in the cabin.
Engine & Transmission:
There is a huge amount of history dating back to the early 90s that covers a vast amount of mechanical work. A section of this includes the engine that was subject to a strip down during the cars restoration, the compression was tested and the head rebuilt at the same time the timing chain and clutch replaced. While out the original 4 speed gearbox was also overhauled and injectors tested. Since the restoration and major mechanical work the car has only covered 16K miles. More recent work has included a full engine service and refresh of all fluids incl Gearbox, diff, power steering, brake fluid and coolant. At the same time all belts were replaced and a brake overhaul completed.
Wheels, Tyres & Brakes:
The wheels have been refurbished and wear Yokohama 205/60/14 tyres all with very good tread. The brakes were recently overhauled with new pads and brake hoses.
Having been owned by the current owner since 1988 it is no surprise that the log book states only 3 previous owners. Bought off a BMW parts specialist the owner treated the car to an all out restoration during the early 90s that lasted most of the 90s! There is a huge amount of detailed documentation supporting the restoration and further service history and invoices charting the cars life up until the present day.