Ravaglia's Nürburgring 24 Hour-winning BMW heads to auction
This Super Touring Car once driven by legendary driver Roberto Ravaglia has won the Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hour races. Now it could be yours.
The 1990s represented a golden era in the world of Touring Cars. With a new-found ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ mantra populating races with vehicles similar to the family saloon, wheel-to-wheel racing was promptly encouraged and apt television coverage ensured popularity for the sport exploded.
One of the most dominant cars of that era was the BMW 3 Series; something demonstrated by countless victories and podium claims. One car in particular went above and beyond, clinching victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours and twice at the Spa 24 Hours race. This highly decorated machine is now up for grabs with BH Auction in Japan.
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Roberto Ravaglia remains a living legend for BMW enthusiasts, winning seven championship titles for the German brand in four different racing categories. His 1995 Nurburgring 24 Hours title was made real by this very works BMW 320ST – making it one of the hottest BMWs on the current market.
Along with Marc Duez and Alexander Burgstaller, the Italian driver raced through the night to take top step at daybreak. The following year, Ravaglia's race winning car was entered into the Spa 24 Hours where it tasted the champagne by winning outright. Again.
With two prestigious endurance titles under its belt, you’d have thought this 320ST had earned its rest in a museum somewhere, but it wasn’t done racing yet. As 1997 rolled in, the vehicle was entered into the Spa 24 Hour once again where, you guessed it, the BMW took victory.
Chassis No. E36 STC 95/006 actually continued racing into the 2000s taking part in the Belcar series. There isn’t much in the way of details on how the car ended up in Japan, but this auction certainly presents a rare opportunity to obtain a true piece of motorsport history.
The car appears in excellent condition and has retained Super Touring specification and the distinctive livery from its heyday. Its advert states that the car has never been crashed, a rare thing for a racer that has seen this much time in battle.
We hope that this car’s new custodian continues to let this four-wheeled icon stretch its legs out on track.
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