BMW Batmobile to cross the block at Russo and Steele


A 1973 ‘Batmobile’ – the road car spawned from BMW’s Motorsport racing programme – will be sold at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction from 16-20 January.

Only 110 of the first-generation ‘Batmobiles’ were built, painted in either Chamonix (white) or Polaris (silver). The rear wing that helped to earn the car its nickname was stored in the boot to avoid flouting some European countries’ traffic laws.

One of the last 14 produced, this car was retained by BMW for use by dignitaries, race team members or friends and family of the firm, before it was sold to a collector. 

A Boss 429 Mustang offers the same rich racing heritage as the CSL. The car was built to homologate Ford’s Boss 429cu in engine for racing in NASCAR Grand National competition.

It featured a ‘Toploader’ close-ratio four-speed gearbox, 9-inch Traction-Lok rear end, 3.91:1 axle ratio, an oil cooler, a boot-mounted battery and competition suspension.

The restored machine to be offered in Scottsdale is a matching-numbers car with only 51,140 miles on the clock and its original build sheet.

Also on offer is a prize-winning 1969 Yenko Camaro – one of only 28 cars from that year equipped with an automatic gearbox.

The Fathom Green machine won Outstanding Restored at World of Wheels, followed by Top Gun for best-restored car at Vettefest in Chicago.

There it also won a Gold Spinner, which is awarded to cars earning 980 points or more out of a possible 1000.

To view the full lot list of more than 700 cars visit the Russo and Steele website.




A friend of mine visited BMW’s Museum in Munich, and being a BMW enthusiast, he was so excited to see a Batmobile that was raced 38 years ago by Chris Amon, a known Kiwi Formula One race driver in the 1960s and 1970s who has never won a championship despite being widely celebrated. This car model is known to be lightweight, which is why it usually has the acronym CSL as a prefix. CSL stands for Coupe Sport Leicht, which means a savings of 300kg in weight over a standard car. I could imagine his excitement of seeing such CSL Batmobile. He has been talking about it for weeks prior to his trip. I am sure that I will hear him go endlessly with stories about his visit to the BMW Headquarters. He owns 3 BMWs, with 1 of them a vintage 3200 CS, one of the 500 that were built in the 1960s.


Best regards / Peter Mould / pmwltd

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