1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Coupe

One look and you'll know exactly why the BMW 3.0 CSL got the nickname "Batmobile". Based on the E9 coupe produced from 1968 to 1975, 1,265 3.0 CSLs were built to satisfy homologation requirements for the European Touring Car Championship. To say that the 3.0 CSL was successful would be a bit of an understatement in classic German fashion — BMW brought home the ETC trophy in 1973 and every year from 1975 to 1979, along with a class win at Le Mans in '73. The aero package that earned the car its nickname shipped with the huge rear wing in the trunk to be installed by the buyer, as it was illegal in Germany at the time. The '72 CSL pictured here might be the most desirable, with its sinister black-on-black color scheme, and will stand out in a sea of classic red Ferraris and Aston Martins when it crosses the auction block this August in Monterey.

Photos: Courtney Cuchen

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