Two iconic BMW Classic cars to go under the hammer at Bonhams Auction

Published August 5th, 2010 - 09:34 GMT

BMW Classic has announced that two models from the company's own collection will be auctioned for sale by renowned British auctioneers, Bonhams, in Dubai this October. It is the first time that any BMW Classic car from BMW's own collection has been put up for sale representing a truly unique opportunity for collectors.

The two BMW models that will be up for auction include a BMW M1 and a BMW 3.0 CSL, both rank among the icons of BMW's automotive heritage.

Originally produced in 1978 as a collaboration between Lamborghini and BMW, at the time the BMW M1 was recognized as a groundbreaking car for BMW and even the automotive history due to its sheer power, performance and authentic design. It was the only mid-sized BMW engine to be mass produced by BMW's subsidiary BMW Motorsport Gmbh, employing a twin-cam 3.5 litre six cylinder petrol engine with mechanical fuel injection. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, only 456 vehicles were produced during its life cycle from 1978 to 1981, making it one of BMW's rarest models.

Meanwhile the BMW 3.0 CSL, produced from 1968 to 1975, is a stylish two-door sport coupe. It was the first vehicle to be produced by BMW's subsidiary BMW Motorsport Gmbh and was also the first model to sport the famous BMW Motorsport red, blue and purple badge. This model became very successful not just on road but also on the racing track, confirming BMW's leading status in motorsports with success in events such as the European Touring Car Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft.

Since the 1990s, both the BMW M1 and the BMW 3.0 CSL have been owned by BMW Classic, and its forerunner BMW Mobile Tradition, where they were progressively restored and made public appearances at special events like the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

This exciting auction, the first of its kind in Dubai, will be held in Dubai' prestigious Royal Mirage Hotel. The partnership between BMW and Bonhams began last November, when they placed the world's largest private collection of classic BMW motorcycles under the hammer at the BMW Museum in Munich. 

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