Ex-1979 Spa 24 Hours
1977 BMW 530i Competition Saloon
Chassis no. to be advised
'The 530i is everything a luxury-sports sedan should be. It's comfortable, practical in the extreme and with good measure of performance ride and handling thrown in. It's no wonder we had little trouble choosing it as one of the world's best cars.' Road & Track.
The original 5-Series - known in Germany as the 'Fünfer' - debuted in unfortunate circumstances at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, its arrival going almost un-noticed amid the terrorist atrocity that left 11 members of the Israeli team and a German police officer dead. Superseding the 2000-Series, the E12 5-Series was lower, narrower and longer than its predecessor, the extra 75mm in length being used to increase boot space and rear legroom. Its conservative styled, four-door body was a progression of what had gone before rather than something entirely new, featuring the traditional 'kidney' radiator grille, customary generous glass area and the twin headlamps already seen on the big CS coupés. Beneath the skin there was BMW's established running gear, consisting of McPherson Strut suspension at the front and trailing arms at the rear, with combined front disc/rear drum braking initially and an all-disc set-up later on the larger models. Launched with a 2.0-litre four under the bonnet, the 5-Series would become available with a variety of engines ranging from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder to a 3.0-litre six.
We are advised that this competition prepared BMW 530i contested the Spa 24-Hour Race in 1979 driven by Rob Slotemaker and Hans Maasland, retiring as the result of an accident. Driven by Rein Frankenhout, Hans Maasland and Jan Lammers at the same event in '81, it finished 18th overall in a race won by the TWR-entered Mazda RX-7 of Tom Walkinshaw and Pierre Dieudonné. The car was campaigned in the 'Youngtimer' series in 1999 and 2000, since when it has been stored, and is described as fundamentally sound although in need of refurbishment. Accompanying documentation consists of a technical logbook from 1979, while a quantity of spare parts is available also.
Dieser für Wettbewerbszwecke modifizierte 530i nahm 1979, mit den Fahrern Rob Slotemaker und Hans Maasland, an den 24 Stunden von Spa teil, musste jedoch wegen eines Unfalls aufgeben. Zwei Jahre später jedoch, belegten Rein Frankenhout, Hans Maasland und Jan Lammers beim gleichen Rennen mit der Startnummer '81' den 18. Platz im Gesamtklassement. 1999 und 2000 bei 'Youngtimer' Wettbewerben eingesetzt, wurde der Wagen anschliessend sorgfältig eingelagert. Von seinem Besitzer als 'restaurationsbedürftig aber mit guter Substanz' beschrieben, wird der 530i mit 'Technischem Logbuch' versteigert.
30,000 - 40,000
£25,000 - 34,000
US$ 39,000 - 51,000
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