Color Fast: Historic BMW Race Cars in Monterey

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content Experience
BMW 3.0 CSL 1975-76 IMSA Camel GT Series
The BMW 3.0 CSL race cars were the first cars to be developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH established in 1972 and the first cars to wear the official BMW Motorsport colors — red, purple and blue. The aluminum-skinned 3.0 CSL is a lightweight version of the production 3.0 CS designed to compete in Group 2 through Group 5 European sports car racing, and it continued to win races into the late 1970s event though production ended in 1975. The production 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder increased to 3.5 liters and produced 430 horsepower. BMW North American campaigned five 3.0 CSL chassis in the 1975 and 1976 IMSA Camel GT series, winning at Sebring, Riverside, Laguna Seca, Daytona and Talladega in 1975. The No. 59 car driven by Peter Gregg, Brian Redman and John Fitzpatrick won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1976.

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