The BMW E9 is a range of coupés produced from 1968 to 1975. Initially released as the 2800 CS model, the E9 was based on the BMW 2000 C / 2000 CS four-cylinder coupés, which were enlarged to fit the BMW M30 six-cylinder engine. The E9 bodywork was built by Karmann.
As a racing car, the E9 was very successful in the European Touring Car Championship and the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, especially the 3.0 CSL homologation model.
In 1973, Toine Hezemans won the European Touring Car Championship in a 3.0 CSL and co-drove a 3.0 CSL with Dieter Quester to a class victory at Le Mans. Hezemans and Quester had driven to second place at the 1973 German Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, being beaten only by Chris Amon and Hans-Joachim Stuck in another 3.0 CSL. 3.0 CSLs would win the European Touring Car Championship again in every year from 1975 to 1979.
The 3.0 CSL was raced in the IMSA GT Championship in 1975, with Sam Posey, Brian Redman, and Ronnie Peterson winning races during the season.
The 3.5 CSL was built for Group 5 racing and BMW won three races in the 1976 World Championship for Makes with this model.
|Solido 025; BMW 3.0 CSL; 1973 24h Le Mans 11th; Hezemans & Quester; RN51|
|IXO; BMW 3.5 CSL; 1976 24h Le Mans 10th; Grohs, Posey, de Fierland; RN42||IXO LMC150; BMW 3.5 CSL; 1976 24h Le Mans DNF, Quester, Peltier, Krebs; RN43||Spark S1574; BMW 3.0 CSL; 1977 24h Le Mans DNF; Walkinshaw, Joosen, de Wael; RN72|