BMW 1800 TI Historic Racecar (1966)
The perfect car for your first steps in the world of historic racing.
The BMW 1800, also known as the "Neue Klasse" was the car that saved BMW in the sixties. Marking a total departure from previous model offerings, the Neue Klasse is an early interpretation of what BMW eventually specialized in: a practical four-door sedan with room for the entire family that doesn’t mind being put through its paces on a cambered turn. BMW’s sport sedan legacy can be traced directly to the Neue Klasse, which spawned a lineage of other models including the legendary 2002, but also the 2000CS Neue Klasse coupé, which was the predecessor of the E9 coupes.
The Neue Klasse was also a landmark for BMW in terms of design. Concieved by Wilhelm Hofmeister with Giovanni Michelotti serving as a consultant, the model line serves as a study in terms of the industry standard three-box layout, and was the first BMW model with the signature Hofmeister kink integrated within the rear door and window frame. BMW also produced 200 1800Ti/SA models during 1964 and 1965, which were specifically built for racing thanks to dual Weber carburetors, disc brakes, and a five-speed manual transmission.
The example for sale was constructed for historic racing following 1800 Ti/SA specifications. This build-up was done in 2012 by a German BMW Classic specialist, who maintained the car until today. The engine had a full rebuild in the summer of 2021 and did not race since, so 100% ready for a new season. This engine breathes through a couple of Weber 45 DCOE carburetors, and also has the dog-leg 5-speed gearbox. The engine produces 190 bhp which makes it a rather fast racecar in the sixties touring class. It comes with a brand new DMSB HTP (Period F - 1962 to 1965 , category : Competition Touring Car , Class CT9).
This is a perfect racecar for someone who wants to start enjoying historic racing at a very reasonable budget. The BMW is ready for a new season with a just rebuilt engine, and is eligible for any national or international championship. As it also has a (German) road registration, the car could be used for road events like Tour Auto, just by adding a passenger seat.
So if you have ambitions on the racetrack for 2022, this may be a very interesting candidate to enter the next season. Building a BMW 1800 Ti to this specification will definitely cost more than our asking price....