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2275496, CSL in Japan, claimed to be "Batmobile"

Keshav

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Rule of thumb is, take an expert when viewing a Csl. Not one you are paying and don’t know, rather one who possibly has a Csl him or her self. That’s probably the safest ways. Not relying on auction house specialists is sensible.
And yes, it seems that the Taiga csl you mentioned had some serious oddities to it.
Best of luck.
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The one detail that would prove incredibly difficult, but not impossible, to 'clone' is the roof. The roof on a lightweight CSL will have some spring to it. It's difficult to articulate just how much, but once you've tested a known genuine car you'll be able to tell the difference.
Thanks Christopher, but are you suggesting I now try jumping on the roofs of future potential cars...would seem a bit extreme, lol. In all seriousness is the ‘spring’ due to the thiner metal? I guess it might also make them susceptible to being ‘dinged’ too?
 

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Thanks Christopher, but are you suggesting I now try jumping on the roofs of future potential cars...would seem a bit extreme, lol. In all seriousness is the ‘spring’ due to the thiner metal? I guess it might also make them susceptible to being ‘dinged’ too?
Yes the metal is thinner and you can bow it by pressing on it.

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Re Csl cloning; I guess the only way to do it would be to cut out the chassis vin and re weld in a Csl vin number from a dead Csl. Or maybe grind off an old E9 chassis vin and restamp a Csl vin number but either way I think it would be very hard to make it look legit/undetectable. Then someone would need to do this same process on engine block. As mentioned by posters earlier, the thinner roof could probably not be cloned.

So I do wonder if there really are any examples of such fake Csl cars out there? I think there are plenty of replicas and tributes with E9 vins, but I don’t think cloned Csls are really a threat.
 
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