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.