Creation date: January 15, 2010
Modified date: March 5, 2018

Year: 1973
Color: Chamonix (085)
Vehicle Status: Seen in Ad/Other
Registration Type: Vehicle
CSL Details: Factory Batmobile

In total just 167 "Batmobiles" were ever built, of which not more than a third are believed to survive. Given such rarity, and the sheer importance to BMW's racing tradition in being the first "M" Motorsport BMW, we are immensely proud to offer this beautiful example finished in Chamonix white (the only other option available for the initial 110 cars being Polaris silver). We are informed by the vendor, who has known the car for the past 20 years, that it has benefited from a mere three owners since new. It has been confirmed by BMW Mobile Tradition as having been finished on September 10th 1973 and delivered two weeks later to BMW dealer Autohaus Vincentz in Kempen, Germany. Acquired by Maurice Gierst, owner of a BMW dealership in Brussels in the early 1980s, the car was treated to a comprehensive yet highly sympathetic restoration, which included a full engine rebuild with new Mahle pistons and a lead free cylinder head conversion. Once completed it remained in the showroom on display and was only rarely taken out.

The car was purchased by the current enthusiast owner in 2003, since when it has been mechanically sorted by the replacement of all minor worn parts (mainly rubber items), detailing of ancillaries and a flush out and replacement of all fluids. Subtle modifications include the addition of 3 VDO instruments, a 'Halda' Twinmaster, period 'Autoflug' seatbelts, a full length stainless steel exhaust system to period pattern with competition manifold, adjustable Bilstein shock absorbers, upper and lower anti-sway bars and a BMW Gertrag 5-speed close-ratio gearbox (the original 4-speed comes with the car). The ('Batmobile'-only) bucket seats were reupholstered in the correct Scheel fabric and the rare correct steering wheel recovered in new leather. Upon completion it was entered in both the 2004 and 2005 editions of the 'Tour Auto', which it completed without missing a beat, before going on to take Best in Class at the 2005 International Concours d'El�gance at Paleis Het Loo in Holland (a remarkable result considering that the car can be referred to as a 'strong driver'). Featured in the article 'Sparring Partners' in Octane magazine of October 2005, this 82nd car produced out of a mere 110 comes with a comprehensive file that includes an FIA Historic Regularity H class pass, original sales brochure, photographs and invoices.

Often mimicked by standard CSLs with bolt-on visuals, the BMW CSL "Batmobile", the first of the now legendary BMW Motorsport creations and the ultimate expression of one of the finest "Ultimate Driving Machines" ever produced, is an archetypal vehicle deserved of a place in any collection. The difficulty of finding a rare matching-numbers car in such outstanding condition, with all aspects either restored or preserved, makes this an inviting prospect indeed.

Lot Details
Auction Exceptional Motor Cars and Automobilia
Christies, King Street, London
Type Car
Lot Number 177
Estimate ?55000-?75000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price ?84600
Hammer Price (inc premium) -
Year 1973
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage -
Chassis number 2275512
Engine number 2275512
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Sale Date 26th June 2006
Description Exceptional Motor Cars and Automobilia