BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina, the peak of the 1970s
During the 1970s, the BMW 3.0 CSL was one of the most successful racing cars and a source of inspiration for contemporary art.
The 3.0 CSL was a homologation special of the E9 destined for racing and was built between 1968 and 1975. The well-known tuner Alpina looked after its development by increasing the power of its 3-litre straight-6 engine to 350 bhp as well as giving it a “slimming” cure based on the intensive use of aluminium, hence the addition of the letter L for Lightweight.
In 1973, the BMW 3.0 CSL scored an exceptional triple. Austrian Dieter Quester and Dutchman Toine Hezemans won the Spa 24 Hours and scored a category victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (11th overall), a double success crowned by the European Touring Car Championship title.
In addition to a second victory in the 1976 Spa 24 Hours driven by Nico Demuth from Luxembourg and Belgian duo Jean-Marie Detrin and Charles van Stalle (aka “Chavan”), the 3.0 CSL became the first BMW Art car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans decorated by painters Alexander Calder (1975) and Frank Stella (1976), an initiative down to French auctioneer and gentleman driver, Hervé Poulain.