BMW 3.0 CSL: Moffat, Brock and the Batmobile

03 October 2017
Many fans think Peter Brock first raced a BMW when he campaigned Mobil-backed M3s in 1988. Fact is, his first experience with the Bavarian manufacturer was more than a decade earlier, when ‘Team Brock’ launched an ambitious attack on the 1976 Le Mans 24 Hour race. Note the .05 blood alcohol limit for Victorian drivers that Brock was promoting at the time, which would eventually become his permanent racing number.

Australian touring car legends Allan Moffat and Peter Brock are best remembered as arch rivals in Fords and Holdens in the 1970s. However, during that time they also ventured overseas to prove their skills against the world’s best - and both were behind the wheel of BMW’s legendary 3.0 CSL.

Affectionately known as the ‘Batmobile’ because of its radical bodywork, the 3.0 CSL was the definitive racing version of BMW’s handsome E9 CS six cylinder coupe, which sold alongside its E3 sedan stablemate as the Bavarian car maker’s ‘New Six’ range launched in 1968. However, only the sedans were sold in Australia.