Toj-BMW  Chassis no. SC206 SC7901
Lot 629
Toj-BMW
Chassis no. SC206 SC7901
Sold for £ 51,000 (US$ 66,442) inc. premium

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Toj-BMW
Chassis no. SC206 SC7901

Footnotes

  • Toj (say ‘toy’), an acronym for ‘Team Obermoser Jörg’, embraced the manifold motorsport activities of its German principal, a successful supplier of electrical equipment to industry in the mid-1970s. Jörg Obermoser’s burgeoning works team, omnipresent in domestic saloon, sports and single-seater racing – became synonymous with the Warsteiner brewery in whose stunning gold and black livery the cars usually ran.
    While the self-proclaimed ‘king among beers’ became a household name the world over through Saarland-based Warsteiner’s backing of Harald Ertl’s hired Hesketh 308 and, later, the Arrows team in Formula 1, Toj cars flew the flag in many classes throughout Europe. While the F3s and Super-Vees were none other than re-badged British-built Modus M1s – and future F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg had his work cut out to score minor European Championship points in the bulky 1976 F2 chassis – the well-loved sports racers were a different matter.
    The first Group 6 Toj, the SS02 of 1974, also used a proprietary chassis, a GRD from the pen of Jo Marquart. The Switzerland-born designer (whose pedigree had carried him through McLaren, where he played a key role in the all-conquering M8 Can-Am car) had later left Lotus with a bunch of pals to form Group Racing Developments. The company’s maiden F3 car, the 372 of ’72, was a cracker and the 2-litre sportscars were useful too. By taking its proven monocoque and re-clothing it in an adventurously styled body by aerodynamicist Achim Storz, Obermoser’s dream of fathering his own cars became a reality. With its distinctive, sharp-lined nose and twin-boomed, high-winged tail looking even more striking in Warsteiner gold, and its 300bhp BMW M12 engine screaming away in the back, the SS02 beat Europe’s best at Brands Hatch in June 1975.
    When GRD collapsed - the remnants of its F3 project were eventually sold to Norfolk neighbour and Formula Ford king Van Diemen - financier Teddy Savory stepped in to spawn a new company, Modus, another arm to his property development empire. Marquart ran it and continued to supply the hardware to its German distributor Obermoser. Always beautifully presented and detailed, the cars were available in both 2- and 3-litre derivatives, the latter powered by de-tuned Cosworth DFV F1 engines. While real international success eluded them, outside Interserie races in central Europe, one emerging driver who shone in a customer BMW-engined 206 was Austrian Jo Gartner. Obermoser’s passion for motorsport continues to this day; he now runs a company that produces scale models of historic sports racing cars, with pride of place going to Toj’s various models of course!
    At the time of going to press we were still researching the history of this car and further information will be available by the time of sale.
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