- Alloy bodied roadster
- All original BMW parts
- Exquisite BMW 328 engine
In the challenging post-WWII era in Germany, life was tough—limited food, energy, and rationed petrol made for a dreary existence. Amidst all this, the joy of fun, especially in the form of motor racing, seemed impossible. Development of new racing cars was restricted to engines under 1 litre, adding another layer to the gloom.
Yet, the spirit of petrolheads prevailed, and Ernst Loof, the former head of BMW's prewar motor racing department, was one such enthusiast. Responsible for BMW's 1939 Mille Miglia victory with the iconic streamlined coupe, Loof faced restrictions on developing new racing cars. Undeterred, he decided to craft something extraordinary from used, pre-war machinery, avoiding any complaints.
The result? Enter the fantastic and lightning-fast Veritas, a creative blend of pre-war mechanical components and post-war styling emerging in the late 1940s. This was a time when the scarcity of competition cars led to the creation of numerous fascinating 'specials.' The BMW-based Veritas, powered by the robust 2-litre six-cylinder engine from the successful prewar BMW 328, became a standout choice for independent racers.
Our particular car was produced by BMW in 1935 and started life as a type 315 roadster, the first documentation dates from 30-12-1953 and is still valid. Owned in September 1956 by Mr. C. Lagerwij.
Fast forward to the swinging '60s when the wheels of fate landed the car in the hands of Mr. van Dijk in Amsterdam, marking the beginning of a love affair that lasted over 40 joyous years until 2006. Enter Andries Jans from Apeldoorn, a revered maestro of BMW and Veritas, who swept in to claim this classic beauty.
Mr. Jans completely restored the car to Veritas 2000 RS specifications, using only BMW parts. The body was disassembled and reassembled on another Type 315 in Germany, while the 1.5-liter engine (Type 315) was overhauled and increased to 2 liters (Type 328). The engine has been tested, delivering 125 hp (see dyno results in the documentation). A Volvo gearbox was installed for easier driving, and the original Type 315 gearbox is included.
Adding a feather to its cap, PP-05-26 became the chosen one in 2015, taking center stage as the sole Veritas exhibit at the dazzling 'Gemeinsam Gegeneinander' exhibition in the Prototyp Museum, Hamburg, Germany
Today the car is in exceptional condition, drives superbly and shifts very smoothly due to the Volvo gearbox. What is exceptional is that you have the opportunity to participate in RT rallies under the 1935 age coefficient while having a 125hp Bristol block under the bonnet. Perfect for those who want to be at the top of their game in the Zoute Rally and many other events.
This rare and attractive German sports car comes with FIA and FIVA papers (2015), Dutch registration papers from 1953, current Dutch registration and a well-documented folder full of important information and restoration photos, owner's notes, a test bench certificate and so on.
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