BMW 3.0 CSL Art Car
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    Back in 1975 Alexander Calder created the first ever BMW Art Car in the now famed series. Commissioned by French auctioneer and racing driver Her… Read More
    Back in 1975 Alexander Calder created the first ever BMW Art Car in the now famed series. Commissioned by French auctioneer and racing driver Hervé Poulain, the 3.0 CSL competed in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race driven by Hervé Poulain, Sam Posey and Jean Guichet. It failed to finish, retiring after 9 hours with universal joint failure. Unfortunately it was also one of Alexander Calder's last pieces as he died later the same year. With the intention to pay tribute to the original which has travelled the world in exhibitions but is sadly never driven. This car started life as a standard CSL road car. It's been painstakingly prepared starting with the correct original CSL dry sump. Painted to represent the Art Car using all original wings and fenders with around 1000 hours spent on the bodywork before it even reached the paint-shop. Pushing roughly 420bhp, running on slicks it weighs as close to 1000Kg's as they can get it. It's running in a historic touring car series which often features cars from the 70s, 80s and 90s on the same grid. The drivers roster include Colin Turkington, the 2014 BTCC champion driver who competes in the eBay sponsored BMW 1 series. Sam Hancock, a former European Le Mans Series Champion and veteran of seven Le Mans 24 Hour. And Sam Thomas, owner of Sam Thomas Racing, the guys that made the CSL what it is today and prepare it and many other historic racing cars in various series. Read Less
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