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Lot 225: 1976 BMW The Manfred Winkelhock Schnitzer 320i Turbo Group 5 Touring Car

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

The idea behind Group 5 was for cars that were eligible for Groups 1 to 4 but with major modifications carried out and thus it became known as the 'silhouette formula'. This refers to the fact that the cars would retain their visual identity in outline from the side - essential for promoting the brand - but with virtually any other bodywork or mechanical modifications permissible. The idea was intended to pull together saloon and GT manufacturers for one enormous international series - the FIA World Championship For Makes.However, for four or five years in the late '70's and early '80's, Group 5 racing provided a spectacular sight for motor sport fans. From 1976, the WCM was run as a Group 5/6 series and a year later, ADAC permitted entry of Group 5 cars into its national touring car series, the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. As time progressed, the DRM actually became better supported than the WCM and was more or less the dominant Group 5 series. The most well known Group 5 cars were all spectacular - the Ford Team Zakspeed Capri's, the Porsche 935 derivatives, the BMW M1, the Toyota Celica, the Lancia Montecarlo Turbo and the BMW 320 Turbo as offered here today.This particular car, chassis # 5258757 is one of the most documented and photographed cars from the DRM series, featuring the distinctive Rodenstock/Wurth livery driven by Manfred Winkelhock. The car was originally manufactured in 1976 and campaigned in 1977 by Schnitzer as the gold 'Warsteiner' car, driven by Jorg Obermoser, finishing 16th overall. Success came later in the cars life when it was campaigned in the 1979 season of the DRM. Completely re-built by Schnitzer with Winkelhock at the wheel, it was dicing with the likes of Porsche 935's, Zakspeed Capri's and BMW M1's driven by a who's who of motor sport including names such as Bob Wollek, John Fitzpatrick, Walter Brun, Hans Stuck and Marc Surer. This car produced some stunning results to finish the season 3rd overall with outright wins at Norisring and Zandvoort. At the heart of this lightweight brute - 885 kilos all up - is the BMW four cylinder 1.4 litre engine with a KKK inter-cooled turbo producing approximately 410 bhp at 9400 rpm. It is reported that the bhp figure for this car was quoted at 700 bhp for the Zandvoort race which Winklehock won. This engine is the unit that was developed for the BMW Formula 1 cars and was the first turbocharged engine to win an F1 World Championship. Power is fed through a 5 speed Getrag gearbox via a rare Torence differential. To reign in this performance ATE Racing discs are fitted all round. With only 28 cars produced and with a very small handful of cars surviving today, let alone in full working order, it was at the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed where the car took to the limelight once again. Invited by none other than BMW, due to no other Group 5 320's being available and in a condition to run, #5258757 took to the hill. Offered here today in full working order after having a full restoration, the car comes complete with a 1979 Wagonpass and period magazines with race reports and images of the car in action. The original cage, seat and harness as used in period are all fitted and the 4 cylinder turbo engine is on the button ready to light up the 14 inch rear slicks. A beast of a car only for real racers, this well prepared and original Group 5 car is ready for its new owner to relive the 1970's, the coolest era of motorsport!1979 DRM results for the Rodenstock/Wurth BMW # 5258757 Zolder 4thHockenheim 2ndNurburgring 2ndSaltzburgring D.N.FMainz 3rdNorisring 1stZandvoort 1stDiepholtz 3rdZolder 2ndHockenheim 5th

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
TypeCar
Lot Number225
Estimate£45000-£55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£48698
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1976
Condition rating0
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Mileage-
Chassis number5258757
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