Happy 40th birthday to BMW's M Division
Don your party hat, grab a kazoo and revel in the history of M cars
Posted: 18 May 2012
BMW 3.0-litre CSL
In the beginning, there was this - the 3.0-litre CSL.
It was a homologation special built by the manufacturer's racey subsidiary, BMW M, so the car could compete in the European Touring Car Championship.
Established in 1972, M only had eight staff, and this was its inaugural project. The CSL was lighter than the standard E9 by using thinner steel to build the body, shaving off the chrome chintz, binning the soundproofing, fitting alloy doors, bonnets, and boot lids then replacing the side window glass with Perspex.