"Power By BMW" To Auction Off Rare Concept Cars, Race Cars

Blake Z. Rong
by Blake Z. Rong

There’s more auction madness from Bonhams, but this time they’re flaunting their BMW love: the single-marque auction entitled “Power By BMW” will feature some rare historic BMW race cars and concepts, including the 1969 BMW/Bertone “Spicup” pictured above.

First introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, the Spicup was based on a shortened 2000 CS drivetrain with one of the company’s famous straight-sixes, sporting a jagged silver targa roof over period-appropriate garishly green paint. The Spicup was used as a daily driver in the Netherlands for 20 years before a full concours restoration, and has been shown at the BMW Museum in Munich as an interesting footnote to the wedge-shaped 70s.

Also up for auction at Bonhams will be a slew of legendary BMW racecars—a few CSL “Batmobiles” will be well-represented, as well as some pre-war 328s. Georg Meier’s BMW Kompressor motorcycle will also be there, the one that he rode to the first foreign victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1939.

As befitting their legendary status, the CSL Batmobile is expected to fetch at least 325,000 Euros when the auction occurs October 1st. The Spicup? Depending on the popularity of rarified 70s cheese wedges, it might make a pretty cool commuter vehicle. After all, it won’t be the first time in its illustrious life.

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