Few vintage cars are as hot as BMW's 1970's racers, the beast in question today being this gorgeous 1972 BMW E9 3.0 CSL dubbed the "Batmobile."

Only 1,265 models of this bloodline were built, with the 3.0 CSL introduced in May of 1972 - the "L" designation meaning leicht (light) - using a thinner steel frame that employed aluminium alloy doors, bonnet and boot lid. 

A quick glance at the figures will confirm the E9's 203 brake horsepower, matched with an admirable 286 Nm of torque sent to the rear wheels, maximised by a large air dam, short fins, roof spoiler and neck-snapping rear wing.

The E9 was the catalyst for BMW's success in every European Touring Car Championship from 1975 to 1979, alongside a class win at Le Mans in 1973. 

Browse through snaps of the gorgeous black-on-black metallic bodywork above, accented by the iconic BMW striped livery. You can view the full listing on rmsothebys.com

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