Classic Race Cars

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Racing Sports Car (1952)

The development of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL began in 1950, when Mercedes-Benz began to think about a return to racing. In June 1951, the Board decided to resume participation in racing events from 1952 on, and gave the final orders for the construction of the 300 SL. This car was not sold to the public, it was built just for racing.

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Brabham BMW BT52 (1983)

In 1983 Nelson Piquet became the first driver in the history of Formula One to win the world championship title in a racing car powered by a turbo engine: the Brabham BMW BT52. The engine that imbued the Brabham BMW BT52 with its legendary status was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH under the guidance of its then Technical Director, Paul Rosche.

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Ferrari 156 F1 (1961-1962)

Designed by Ferrari’s new designer, Carlo Chiti, the Ferrari 156 F1 had a tubular spaceframe chassis that proved serviceable but could not match the designs of Lotus or BRM. Visually, the car was beautiful, simple and remarkable at the same time. At the front it featured the famous sharknose, named after its distinctive two-fold air inlet.

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BMW 700 RS (1961)

After BMW 700 Coupe had showed its sporting qualities in the late 1950s and early ’60s, BMW unveiled a real racing car in 1961. BMW 700 RS was based on the BMW 700 model, but was designed just for motorsport.

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BMW M3 GTR (E36)

BMW presented the BMW M3 E36 in 1992. Only a year later, the new BMW M3 GTR racing version was already lining up on the grid for the first race in the German Touring Car Championship in April 1993. The new regulations were only defined at the beginning of 1992.

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