BMW 635 CSI Group A For sale
Ex Eggenberger car entered in ETCC
Motorsport Chassis E24 RA2 - 40
Fully race ready with FIA HTP up to date
This wonderful 635 CSI Group A chassis E24 RA2-40, was raced in 1984 ETCC by Eggenberger, sporting the famous rainbow primary color livery. However in 1985, Eggenberger would focus on the new Volvo 245 and BMW Italia built up its own racing team to pursue its effort in ETCC. Back then Italy was the second European market after Germany for BMW and the « BMW Italia » team which later became « Cibiemme » proved to be a team to be reckoned with on the Touring Car scene in the 1980’s & 1990’s. Still wearing the same livery, the car continued to be a front runner in ETCC in 1985 & 1986 with BMW Italia until it was sold to an Italian driver, Guido Davieri. He entered RA2-40 at the 1987 Monza ETCC round and competed with it in the Italian tourism championship, the car being run by the famous « Jolly Club » racing team. The car was pretty successful again and reportedly won three titles.
After this first part of its life as an in-period race car, it was unused for many years until being bought in the mid 2000’s by Jurgen Schilling to be raced in the new « Youngtimer Trophy » in 2006. In 2008 the car was in the hands of the well known BMW specialist Munich Legends who described the car in these terms : « One of two cars prepared and run by the Eggenberger team for BMW Italia, this evo-spec example with 330bhp was a regular front runner in the 1984 European Touring Car Championship. The Italian/German pairing of Gianfranco Brancatelli and Helmut Kelleners finished the season fourth overall behind the Jaguars of Walkinshaw and Heyer and the Division 2 class winning Alfa Romeo of Rinaldo Drovandi. Season highlights for the team were outright wins at the Silverstone TT and the Nurburgring and a second at Monza ». The previous owner bought it in 2009. He used the car on many occasions and this is one of the very well known 635’s on the historic racing scene. No expense was spared at Formula GT in Munich to prepare it to the highest level and the car was entered in many of Peter Auto’s HTC races and was raced for the last time at the 2017 10,000 Tours du Castellet.
The car notably has a fully welded roll cage complying with the latest FIA regulations, a high spec low hour engine with programmable injection, a meticulously prepared and tuned chassis.
This iconic rainbow 635 is in remarkable condition, both mechanically and aesthetically; it comes with spare rims, its up to date FIA HTP and has not been used since its full service.
This amazing Eggenberger car is both an historically significant BMW 635 Group A and would also be a front runner in HTC.
After ruling motorsport for more than 15 years with groups 1 to 6, the FIA announced in 1981 a new classification with groups A,B,C and N. This important revision of the regulations offered a great opportunity for manufacturers to develop cars around proper factory racing programs, and the 1980’s became an amazing era for Touring Cars .
Back then the ETCC was taking form with more and more manufacturers involved and it slowly became a major championship with incredibly popular races such as SPA 24h, Monza, Silverstone and other international venues: Bathurst 12h, Nurburgring 24h or Macao.
Eggenberger Motorsport founded in 1973 by Rudi Eggenberger, developed a close relationship with BMW and in 1979 they would run an M1 in Procar for Kelleners. For the 1981 season Eggenberger moved to ETCC developing a 635 Group 2 based around a 3.0CSL technical basis. Their car was so meticulously prepared and reliable that they won the title. The seeds were sown for an even closer collaboration with BMW in 1982 as they developed the 528 upon the all new Group A regulations. The car was a great success, the iconic orange 528’s beating the mighty TWR XJS in the championship.
Surprisingly the 528 program would be the end of the close collaboration with BMW, indeed Schnitzer was named as the BMW Motorsport factory team for 1983, now running 635’s. However Eggenberger continued to compete in ETCC and purchased 635’s, being partly backed by BMW Italia. Though competition was extremely tough between Schnitzer and TWR, Eggenberger managed to achieve impressive results with their 635’s and would be the best of the non factory teams.
In total about 90 635 Group A chassis were built by BMW from 1983 to 1986.