Auction Block: 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile

Apr 18, 2018

Category: Rides

The German word for bat is “fledermaus,” which literally translates to “fluttering mouse.” That means that the Bavarian Batman would be called “FledermausMann,” and he would ride around fighting crime with his young ward, Rotkehlchen, in the Fledermauswagen (Batmobile, roughly). Unfortunately, das German batmobile doesn’t exist in real life, but ze Germans have a close enough approximation: the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, built with an aerodynamic fin that would make the boy wunder say “holy schnitzel!”

In 1972, BMW introduced the super-light 3.0 CSL as a new platform for race cars. The 3.0 found success on the European Touring Car Championship, where it took home wins in 1973, and every year from 1975 to 1979, helping establish BMW’s brand as a lightning fast and sporty car. Built to be uber-light (the L in CSL stands for Leicht, the German cognate), the BMW 3.0’s body structure was built with thin gauge steel that allowed the car to weigh in at a feathery 2,800 lbs. The bat-like fins running along the top of the front fenders, plus the spoiler on the trailing edge of the roof and the tall rear wing give this speedster its trademark bat-like look. This BMW is up for auction on May 12 in Monaco, and it’s expected to fetch a high price right off the bat.

Learn More: Here

More From Rides

This Hard-Shelled Mask Has Dual Integrated UV-C Light Filters

A cutting-edge PPE mask for daily wear and industrial use.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

Vision’s Innovative & Sustainable 1789 Hypercar Is Fueled By Biomethane

Adopting its transmission, hardware, and power-plant design from WRTI.

Posted By

Aug 11, 2020

Featured Image

The 12 Best Porsche Tuners

A dozen shops renowned for taking the German cars to the next level.

Posted By

Aug 11, 2020

Featured Image

Auction Block: 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback By Ringbrothers

Powered by a fuel-injected Roush Performance 427ci V8 engine.

Posted By

Aug 11, 2020

Featured Image

This Custom Ducati Scrambler Built By Tattoo Icon GRIME Is Headed To Auction

An '80s-inspired MX bodywork-adorned Duck from an ink legend.

Posted By

Aug 11, 2020

Featured Image

Maserati’s 580HP V8 Trofeo Collection Is Its Most Powerful Lineup To Date

A performance range of elite Italian models powered by Ferrari engines.

Posted By

Aug 10, 2020