Consider the history of the BMW M3. It’s an automotive icon, right? Now, trace that history forward, past the point where the coupe version became the M4, and past the point where the hardcore M4 CSL was introduced.
You’ll reach a full stop at the BMW 3.0 CSL – one of the most hardcorest production road cars ever to come out of Munich. Unveiled at the start of 2023, it’s a very limited edition version of the M4 CSL with a 552bhp straight-six petrol engine (making it the most powerful six-cylinder BMW road car ever) and a six-speed manual gearbox.
Just 50 of them were made to celebrate 50 years of BMW’s M Division. Each was handbuilt over two weeks with handpainted livery, widened bodywork and all manner of motorsport-derived additions.
The cost? Well, if you were one of the select hardcore BMW customers chosen to have a chance to buy one, you’d have had to pay somewhere around £700,000. If you weren’t one of those minted megafans, then your luck was out. UNTIL NOW.
Coming up in Munich on November 25 is a special RM Sotheby’s auction, which features all manner of German automotive goodness, including Lot 142 – BMW 3.0 CSL number 44 of 50. Finished in Alpine White with a black Alcantara interior and with just 33 kilometres (21 miles) on the clock, it’s never been registered.
The seller ordered the car from a dealer in Cannes back in August and then was clearly just too darn wealthy to do much with it, so he’s now flipping it for what looks like a tidy profit. The expected asking price is between €800,000 and €1.2 million (£700,000 to £1,050,000). Sure, it’s expensive, but then again it’s maybe the most hardcore roadgoing M car ever. And you’ll get some artwork and a scale model with it too, so that’s something.