1949 Veritas BMW Rennsport

by | Apr 1, 2019

Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

1949 Veritas BMW Rennsport

by | Apr 1, 2019

Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's






Veritas BMW


$500,000 - $600,000






RM Sotheby's


April 11-12

The last major European auto race before World War II enveloped the Continent was the 1940 Mille Miglia. The winning car was a beautifully sculpted, low-drag BMW 328 coupe powered by the automaker’s famed 2.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. This victory for small displacement was rather ironic given the massive roaring power of the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union Grand Prix cars that had dominated the European race scene up to that point.

That BMW victory also set the scene for racing on the Continent five years later as Europe recovered from the war. Small engines, reworked chassis, and building on what remained were the orders of the day. One example is the small firm of Veritas, which began in the late 1940s and for a few years rebuilt BMW’s, developed some BMW-based race cars, and created its own automobiles.

The car seen here is based on a BMW 328 — chassis 85123 — first delivered in 1937 but shipped postwar to Veritas to be converted to the company’s RS race specifications. It wasn’t unusual for Veritas to run out of money, and this car ended up in France for many years.

Skip ahead to 1978 when 85123 was discovered there and began a long journey through several owners before landing in England, at TT Workshops in Westbury, Wilshire. After an extensive $135,000 restoration, it emerged as a beautiful example of the Veritas RS shape. That unique grille. The wheels with many holes. Rear-slanting doors. And an overall body shape not unlike that of BMW’s prewar 328 Berlin-Rome Touring Roadster.

This car hasn’t been treated like a caged beauty but instead has been driven in events such as the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco and on the picturesque Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme, France.

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