A 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, formerly owned by British singer and musician Jay Kay, will be auctioned next Saturday.
The BMW 3.0 CSL was created to enable the Bavarian automaker to meet homologation requirements for the European Touring Car Championship and in total 1265 units were produced. Of these, 500 were built for the UK market and Jay Kay (Jamiroquai leader and collector) car is numbered 400. While the CSL 3.0 shared many components with the CS and CSi, it benefited from a host of weight saving measures., including the use of thinner gauge steel for some sections of the monocoque, while the front bumper, doors, hood and trunk lid were made from aluminum.
In addition, all soundproofing has been removed and the side windows have been replaced with Perspex. This is what allows BMW guarantee that the CSL weighs approximately 136 kg less than the other 3.0 models. Not bad, especially when you know that the enemy of performance is, and always has been, weight.
A piece of history at auction
Jay Kay’s car being a 1973 model, it is equipped with an engine 6 naturally aspirated 3.2-liter cylinders developing 203 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 286 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Associated with this engine is a five-speed manual gearbox.
Oddly enough, the details mentioned on the ad do not indicate the mileage of the car, but a glance at the odometer in one of the photos allows us to affirm that it has driven 13,100 miles, which is a little over 21,000 km. Jay Kay bought the car in 2008 and was the car’s 6th owner. The car actually left the BMW factory painted yellow but has since been repainted in Diamond Schwartz. Pre-auction estimates suggest it will sell for between £ 100,000 (€ 116,500) and £ 150,000 (€ 175,000).