3.0 CSL

MixedMedia / Acrylic on Canvas
on 1.8” / 45 mm Wooden Museum Frame
63” x 43” / 160 x 110 cm

One of the first results of BMW Motorsport GmbH (which later became BMW M GmbH) was the BMW 3.0 CSL constructed with considerable assistance from Alpina. This considerably lightened model of the BMW E9 was a triumphant first step on the road to success.


The car succeeded in gaining six European titles, a sensational lap record on the Nürburgring and numerous victories during endurance races in the USA. The BMW 3.0 CSL matured to become a successful racing car in the hands of Dieter Quester, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Nicki Lauda, Harald Ertl and Ronnie Peterson.


The European Touring Car Championship was held from 1963 to 1988 and had reached its zenith in the 1970’s. It was reincarnated again by the FIA from 2001 to 2004.


Its equivalent in Germany was the DRM (Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft, held from 1972 to 1985), the predecessor of the German Touring Car Championship (Deutsche Torenwagenmeisterschaft) held until 1996 which, since its reintroduction in 2000 and because of its international character with numerous races held abroad, is now known as the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (German Touring Car Masters). In addition, only prototypes compete today, as near-series vehicles are no longer entered.