Classics, passion for the past

1948 BMW-Veritas Other Rennsport

Body Convertible
Fuel type Petrol
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Silver metallic
Interior Color Black
Upholstery Leather
Steering Lhd
VIN 85123
1948 Veritas BMW Rennsport
Chassis no. 85123
Engine no. 105524

Rare, early example of the Veritas marque based on BMW 328 chassis and engine.

Driven by Dennis Poore at Goodwood in September 1949.

Impeccably restored by BMW/ Bristol Specialists TT Workshops at a cost of almost £100,000

Previous competitor in Plateau C of the Monaco Grand Prix Historique.

Hugely eligible and immaculately prepared and ready to compete in vintage racing and rallying

In terms of engineering output - and specifically racing car production - the immediate post-war landscape in Germany was unrecognisable from that prior to the outbreak of hostilities. The domination of the mighty Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union teams in Grand Prix racing in the 1930s was but a distant memory, and the Allies’ post-war “industrial disarmament” plan for Germany had seen industrial production slashed to roughly half the level of 1938, with widespread shortages existing in raw materials, facilities and labour. In the context of motor racing - and in direct contrast to the seemingly limitless development budgets of the 1930s - Germany immediately resolved to adopt a “make do and mend” philosophy, with the pre-war BMW 328 engine offering a faint glimmer of hope to any aspiring engineers.

Believed to be one of the earliest cars constructed by Veritas, chassis number 85123 featured a modified BMW 328 chassis and engine as opposed to a bespoke Veritas chassis, as used on later cars. Significantly, it is one of only a handful of cars manufactured by the Baden-Wurttemberg based firm to ever set foot on British soil; subsequent Grand Prix and Aston Martin Works driver Dennis Poore having raced the car at the September Goodwood meeting in 1949. Thereafter, the car appears to have spent some time in Belgium, where it was at one time appropriately finished in their national racing colour of yellow, and it is possible - although unconfirmed - that it could have been one of the Ecurie Belgique cars driven by the likes of Olivier Gendebien, Jacques Swaters and Charles de Tornaco between 1950 and 1952.

The car remained in Belgium for some years, and in the early 1960s was fitted with a non-original type body which is thought to have been constructed locally. It was discovered in a neglected state by a historic car dealer by the name of Beemsterborer, who sold the car to the respected historic racer Jurgen Sinkel of Dusseldorf in or around 1979. Thereafter ownership passed to the celebrated Anglo-Iranian collector Fuad Majzub, who kept the car until his untimely death in 1995. With a substantial part of the Majzub collection shortly afterwards, the Veritas passed - via Johnny Pridmore - to the German enthusiast Werner Claas later that same year.

In Claas’ custody, the still-unrestored car was entrusted to renowned BMW and Bristol specialists TT Workshops Ltd. of Westbury, Wiltshire, for a complete restoration which included painstaking recreation of the original bodywork. This commenced in earnest in October 1995 and was finally completed in the Spring of 1998, at a cost of almost £100,000. After sparing use by Claas in events such as the Eifel Klassik, the car was purchased in 2000 by the current owner, who used it extensively in events as diverse as the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix Historique, 2008 Angouleme Circuit des Remparts and 2012 Eifel Rennen. During its latter-day historic racing career, a further CHF 140,000 was spent on ongoing maintenance and race preparation with respected restoration and race preparation specialists Graber Sportgarage AG of Toffen, Switzerland.

As with many 1950s sports racing cars - and particularly those powered by the wonderfully tractable BMW engine – chassis number 85123 remains an extremely versatile and usable car, equally at home on either road or track. Eligible for a wide range of motoring events including the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, Mille Miglia, Colorado 1000, Goodwood Revival and the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, it remains a rare, charismatic and highly significant example of early post-war German engineering.