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|Model/Year: ||3.0 CSL - 1971 ( Color: Colorado )|
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|Vehicle Status: ||Seen in Ad|
|Country: ||United States of America|
|General History: ||This early production Series 1 CSL is the 29th produced of a total of only 169 cars made with factory carburetion before the switch to fuel injection. It was completed in ultimate competition form with optional lightweight Vertex Plexiglas windows. As verified in the original BMW Certificate accompanying the car, it was manufactured on December 1, 1971 and delivered new to BMW Italia S.p.A., in Palazzo, Verona, Italy on September 7th, 1972.
While its earliest Italian owner history is unknown, the car was apparently raced in Italy for a number of years early on. In or around 1974, its original 2,985 CC engine was replaced by the more potent, then-current 3.3 liter E3 engine with triple Weber carburetion. Its 4-Speed transmission appears to be original to the car. In 1986 it was imported by its second owner, Robert Mandraccia, from Italy to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and then on to Fort Myers, Florida. To meet U.S. standards the car was fitted with safety glass and an American-spec steel front bumper. It was then repainted from its original Colorado Orange to Polaris Silver Metallic with tri-tone M stripes. An active member of the CSL club network, Mr. Mandraccia kept extensive records of his ownership, all of which are included in the documentation.
In 1998 Ormond Beach, Florida resident James Arocho took ownership of the car, which by that time was known as a Prototype due to its many early production details. He used it sparingly over the course of his ownership, but nonetheless was highly impressed by the power and agility it displayed during rare track sessions. The car then made its way into the Craig Brody Collection, where it was completely dismantled and stripped to bare metal for a ground-up restoration. It was refinished in its original code 2 Colorado Orange with Black CSL stripes and chrome fender trim, and refitted with the original Green-tinted Vertex Plexiglas windows for maximum authenticity. Its mechanical restoration included a new custom-built factory-style exhaust system to extract full power from the 3.3L inline six cylinder engine.
In addition to its excellent original velour competition seats, the interior retains its original wood trim, steering wheel and carpeting, as well as the unique rear passenger compartment fresh air ducting exclusive to early production models. The car was completed with restored original 14x7-inch wheels and Michelin XWX radial tires to complete its return to stock factory Lightweight specification.|
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|Date Posted: ||6/19/2014|
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