In the September Issue: Needle in a Haystack

Whether they’ll admit it or not, everyone has a favorite car. But what lengths would they go to get it? For longtime collector Jay Proops, his dream car turned out to be a bit of a needle in a haystack.

The object of his desire? A BMW 3.0 CSL, the lightweight, race homologation version of the E9 coupe not officially imported stateside. BMW only produced 1265 copies total during the model’s 1972-’75 run.

But Jay wanted a fuel-injected, lefthand-drive example, narrowing the list to just 429 of those cars. And then he wanted one fitted with the more comfortable City Package. Most of the 3.0 CSL coupes sold in the U.K. had this option, but Jay figures only about 50 left-hand-drive cars came so equipped.

One more wish: He also wanted a car with a fall build date–more on that later. And then add in the fact that these cars were built more than 45 years ago.

It was a hunt for the ages.


Read the rest in the September 2020 issue of Classic Motorsports Magazine. Subscribe now to get it (and much more).


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