'Batmobile' stars in BMW's first-ever official factory collection sale

BMW have consigned two cars from their museum reserve collection for sale at Bonhams' inaugural Collectors' Motor Cars auction, to be held at the Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai in October.

This is the first time that cars have ever become available from the official factory collection - representing a truly unique opportunity for collectors. 

The first of the lots is a white BMW 3.0 CSL with motorsport stripes and concours factory restoration. 

With its aerodynamic spoilers for racing, the car became known as the "Batmobile". Only 57 of this second series design were created before production ceased in December 1975, of which only about a third are thought to have survived. This example is number 46. 

Given such rarity and the sheer importance to BMW's racing tradition, this 'M' Motorsport BMW - being the very first - would form a valuable addition to any high quality collection. It is estimated to bring €130,000-170,000.

The first 'M' Motorsport BMW (left) and white BMW 3.0 CSL

Also consigned is a 1979 white BMW M1 with very low mileage and in concours condition; a homologation special of which very few were made due to high production costs. It's also estimated at €130,000-170,000.

Other cars consigned for the sale already include a 1993 Italdesign Aztec Barchetta (€80,000-120,000) and the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Shooting Break (€200,000-300,000).

"By holding an auction in Dubai, we are delighted to hopefully contribute significantly to the emerging market for collector's motor cars in the Middle East," said Philip Kantor, International Director Business Development and Head of European Motor Cars at Bonhams.

"The fact that BMW Classic have themselves consigned two models from their museum, clearly supports our vision on the future of the region in this collecting field."


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