It seems that, somewhere along the way, many ex-racecar E9s wind up with wide Group 5 fenders dressed in white. As teams sold off their chassis to privateers to move onto new platforms, some of the reverence was dismissed and cars were disassembled and reassembled to mimic the M-striped cars that the factory had campaigned with great success. When Steve Walker’s latest acquisition arrived at the airport from it’s Italian home in 2014, it was no different.
I remember the first time I saw Ron’s 1971 2800CS quite well. I was at the StanceWorks HQ, and having just finished up bolting on my newly acquired Work Meister S1s to my E38, I was feeling pretty jazzed. After pulling the car outside to admire the new wheels, we heard an M30-powered car ripping towards us.
Photography by Herb Allen
It was nearly two years ago that word of Joe Rodriguez’s creation came to our attention. When a car earns the regard of the gentlemen at BMW, it’s sure to be special in every way, and for Joe’s car, that was just the case. Through word of mouth, trackside at Laguna Seca, our friends at BMW told of us of a build that rivaled BMW’s own; one that scrutinized the details in the name of authenticity and perfection.
As Shark(Nose) Week begins, it’s important to start with a bang. The E9 CSL’s successes were pivotal in helping to define BMW’s brand as a whole; without the devastatingly fast touring coupe, BMW’s sport-luxury trademark approach to motoring would likely never have seen the success it has today. As for what an E9 CSL actually is, let’s paraphrase the basics.
They’re out there. Swimming amidst the seas of tarmac and prowling through paddocks, the elusive creatures still stalk their unsuspecting prey. With their lengthy noses and sharp fins, they’ve been hunting the streets for 47 years. We, here at StanceWorks, have carefully captured 8 of the lightweight beasts to share with you, and we’ll be bringing you a new one each day this week, displaying the different variety that exists among their species.