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An Ultra-Rare Collection Of Superb BMW Race Cars Is Headed To Auction

BMW’s motorsport division has a history rich in racing dominance, with victories in everything from formula one Grands Prix to world touring car championships. And while the driver on each occasion delivered an impressive performance, you could make a pretty compelling case that the car was the real hero of the day.

This January, the Henry Schmitt Collection is heading to auction, and it’s filled with a crop of iconic vehicles from BMW’s racing past. Headlining the group will be a 1974 BMW 3.5 CSL “Batmobile,” a vehicle with an extensive touring car campaign that includes an outright win at the 1976 Sebring 12-Hour race. With its sweeping front splitter, classic M racing livery, and massive rear wing, it makes for a car replete with racing pedigree. Other notable lots in the collection include a 1975 3.5 CSL Continuation model, a 2018 M6 GT3, and a pair of 2002’s — one Rallyeye and one race spec. While the CSL Continuation was built to FIA regulations, it’s in pristine condition because it was never raced — a true time capsule to the 70s. And when you consider that the M6 GT3 has a second-place podium finish to its name, this collection can’t be beaten. Tune in starting January 20th.

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