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1973 BMW 3.0CSL 2275992


BMW 30 csl 2275992


BMW 30 csl 2275992

BMW 30 csl 2275992



Contrary to what was previously reported, only four CSLs were raced by BMW Motorsport/BMW of North America in 1975-’76 IMSA Camel GT seasons, but a fifth car was sent to the U.S. to serve as the “T” or “test” car early in 1975. This car, chassis 2 275 992, was originally an FIA-specification car that was modified to IMSA Group 4 specification and tested at Daytona and Sebring (and for aerodynamics at Talladega) prior to the start of the ’75 season. After completing the tests, 992 returned to Munich in March 1975. Presumably, it was retained in the BMW Motorsport workshops until it was updated to FIA Group 4 specification and pressed back into service as the lead car for the 1975 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. What is even more interesting is that 992, before racing at Le Mans, became the canvas for the first BMW Art Car, which was painted by American artist Alexander Calder. Where history is concerned, that gave 992 an advantage over the other IMSA CSLs.

Usually driven by Stuck and Peterson. Famous for "flying picture" at the Nurnburgring.

Sold in 1975 to Hervé Poulain to become the Calder Art Car, the 3.0 CSL competed in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Jean Guichet, Sam Posey, and Poulain. It failed to finish, retiring after nine hours with universal joint failure.

Calder died later the same year.

Today, in addition to being one of the most revered BMW Art Cars, the Calder CSL is also a perfect, untouched time capsule of CSL technology development at mid-season 1975.


  1. BMW NA
  2. Herve Poulain
  3. Delivery: Works
  4. Production: 1974

There are in total 5 "Calder" cars. One original and 4 tribute ones :

  1. The original one 2275992, same as the flying Batmobile
  2. Tribute 2275295
  3. A third one, which is distinct from the two previous (see rear wing) Calder Tribute
  4. A fourth one Calder Tribute
  5. Tribute 2285395

Credit / Thank you / Reference:

John Castle, Arthur Porter

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