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1971-1975 BMW 3.0CS/CSi/CSL

Designed by Wilhelm HofmeisterThe CS coupe was styled in-house by Wilhelm Hofmeister (of the eponymous Hofmeister kink) and his team, but it appears to have been heavily influenced by the Bertone-designed 3200CS. Unfortunately, the complex, Karmann-built bodies were known for rusting almost immediately. The CSL version (Coupe Sport Light) saved more than 400 pounds over the standard CS through the use of an aluminum hood, trunk lid, and doors; Plexiglas windows; and less sound insulation, among other details. The first and perhaps the most attractive of the famed BMW Art Cars was Alexander Calder's CSL--which actually raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975.