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BMW – 320 Gruppe 5 (1978)


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Mast-Jägermeister SE (DE)

Class F

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BMW - 320 Gruppe 5
Class F86

This car is wide, massively wide: A potpourri of bolt-ons envelops its core, which observers can only identify by looking very carefully – this is the first generation of the BMW 3 Series. The additions to the bodywork provide a source of fascination with a functional, yet brutalist style. In 1978, BMW Motorsport delivered one of 36 kits for the sum of 90,000 marks to GS Tuning in Freiburg, where this example was created as a BMW 320 Gruppe 5 racer.

The consistently weight-reduced design weighs in at just 760 kilograms and its two-litre, four-cylinder engine from Formula 2 mobilises around 310 hp at revolutions up to 10,000/min., twice and threefold the power of the series model. After three works campaigns in the German Motor Racing Championship (DRM), which was very popular at that time, today’s owner took over custody at the end of 1978. Over the subsequent three years, he lined up on the grid 59 times, notching up an impressive tally of 33 victories, often in hillclimbs. After the last race in 1982, the car continued showboating at various venues. As part of the 72Stagpower Collection, it is now once more Ready to Race.

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