1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76
Lot 182
1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. 201-02/76
Sold for € 60,950 (US$ 69,153) inc. premium

Lot Details
1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76 1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 201-02/76
1976 TOJ-BMW F201 Formula 2 Racing Single-Seater
Coachwork by Toj

Chassis no. 201-02/76
Jörg Obermoser made his significant competition debut in the German Formula 3 Championship driving a Brabham BT35. He won the season's final race at Hockenheim and then reappeared in 1972 driving a Ford Escort to place 4th in the Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft series.
After another Escort season in 1973 he ran a British-made GRD-BMW S73 sports car to contest the 1974 European 2-Litre Championship.

Experience with the GRD inspired him to build his own TOJ-BMW followed by a sister car for his team-mate Peter Scharmann. In 1975 he achieved some class victories with a further-developed TOJ-BMW and by 1977 Obermoserand his TOJ cars were competing in the FIA's sportscar World Championship, co-driving with Kurt Hildand Pierre-Francois Rousselot.

JorgObermoser built the reputation of his TOJ marque – pronounced 'Toy' – with a small series of BMW-engined 2-litre sports-prototype cars before entering International Formula 2 single-seater racing with well-made designs such as this F201.

During 1976 and 1977, TOJ ('Team ObermoserJorg') built two Formula 2 cars known as the F201 design, and followed up with the F202 developed version for that second season. The F201 carried its distinctive Ferrari-like front wing full width above the nose while the F202 followed-up with more conventional split wings, one each side of the nose cone. Herr Obermoser recalled that six F201 cars were built, four being sold to private owners while two were retained by his team to be driven by future Formula 1 World Champion Driver KekeRosberg.

When the Finnish star left the team in 1977 a completely new Formula 2 TOJ appeared in the shape of the F202 model, two of which were manufactured and driven by German Porsche works endurance racer Rolf Stommelen and by the emergent young American star Danny Sullivan – a future Indianapolis 500-Miles race winner.

This particular car offered here is understood to have been on of the TOJ works team entries in the 1976 European Formula 2 Championship race series, being driven by KekeRosberg in the Jim Clark memorial and Rheinpokal races at Hockenheim. This car was subsequently found in unrestored, "very poor but complete" condition in Germany. It has since benefited from complete restoration undertaken from 1992 forward. We are advised that some 70,000 Euros were invested in this work, which included acquisition and fitting of a brand-new BMW M12 4-cylinder racing engine, as used in period. This restoration was fully documented, and the car is offered here complete with a comprehensive file of relevant photographs and invoices, together with period racing documents bearing KekeRosberg's signature.

The vendor advises us that tyhis TOJ-BMW has recently been inspected and overhauled by Chevron Racing and Lola in the UK. The engine – which we are told has developed over 300bhp on the dyno – is described as being "completely fresh". All life-sensitive safety devices such as the fuel cells, seat harness etc have been replaced and the car is offered in running condition.

This is a very rare and unusual custom-made Formula 2 car from the 1970s and in the right hands could provide any new owner with some very enjoyable and competitive Historic motor sport...

Jörg Obermoser hatte eine sehr erfolgreiche Rennfahrerkarriere. Zunächst, 1971, in der Formel 3, mit einem Brabham BT35, erreichte er im darauffolgenden Jahr, auf einem Ford Escort, Platz vier in der Deutschen Rennsportmeisterschaft. Erfolge in einem BMW-GRD S73, brachten ihn auf die Idee, eigene Rennwagen zu konstruieren. In den Jahren 1976/1977 baute TOJ, (Team Obermoser Jörg), Formel 2 Wagen unter der Bezeichnung 'F201', bzw. 'F202'. Nach Obermosers Erinnerung, wurden vom Typ 201 sechs Fahrzeuge gebaut, von denen vier an private Sammler gingen und zwei im Team verblieben. Diese sollten von dem späteren Formel 1 Champion, Keke Rosberg, gefahren werden. Nachdem Rosberg das Team 1977 verlassen hatte, entwickelte TOJ ein komplett neues Formel 2 Auto, in der Form des F202. Es wurden zwei Fahrzeuge produziert, die von den Fahrern Rolf Stommelen und dem späteren 'Indy 500' – Gewinner, Danny Sullivan gefahren wurden. Der hier offerierte F201, gilt als der Wagen, den Keke Rosberg im Jim Clark Memorial Rennen und im Rhein Pokal Rennen in Hockenheim gefahren hat. Später wurde dieser Wagen in sehr desolatem, jedoch kompletten Zustand entdeckt. Die voll-dokumentierte Historie belegt eine 1992 begonnene Komplett-Restauration. Etwa 70.000 Euro wurden investiert, u.a für einen BMW M12 Vierzylinder Rennmotor 'aus der Zeit'. Es existiert eine grosse Anzahl von Unterlagen, Fotos und Rechnungen sowie Renn-Dokumente z.T. mit der Signatur von Keke Rosberg. Nach einer kürzlich durchgeführten Inspektion in England, bei Chevron und Lola, bei der auf dem Prüfstand 300 PS gemessen wurden, beschreibt der Besitzer den Wagen als 'so gut wie neu'. Die komplette Sicherheitsausrüstung ist ebenfalls erneuert worden.

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