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BMW 1600 Race Car 1969

Going to Auction: BMW 1600 Race Car 1969

Make: BMW 
Model: 1600 Race Car 
Year: 1969
Color: Maroon and Gold 
Vin: 1567528
Mileage: Actual Milage Unknown  
Location: Denver, Colorado 



This 1969 BMW 1600 is said to have been converted for race duty by Ireland Engineering of Duarte, California in the 1990s, and has been used for Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing events in previous years. Power is provided by a custom 2.0-liter M10 inline-four that is equipped with dual Weber side draft carburetors and is said to have been rebuilt ten races ago. The car is finished in maroon and gold livery over a stripped interior, and additional equipment includes a four-speed manual gearbox, a limited-slip differential, a Sparco racing seat, a fire suppression system, and supplemental instrumentation. 

The body: The hood has been sanded down to prepare for vinyl wrap as well as the stickers removed and therefore the vehicles current appearance is not as seen in all the supplied photos.  Features riveted fender flares from Ireland Engineering. Previously equipped with a sunroof, all sunroof components have been removed and replaced by sheet metal. The front and rear windows are glass and the side windows are vented lexan units. The bumpers have been removed, and further additions include a handmade chin spoiler by Forrest Kooglewerks fastened with rivets, a fiberglass hood, and hood pins.

Silver 13″ Panasport wheels wear Toyo Proxes RA1 racing tires, and two spare Panasports will also be included along with four basketweave wheels. The front brakes consist of E21 calipers paired with cross-drilled and slotted rotors, and are cooled by custom ducts that draw air from the headlight openings.

The interior has been stripped of stock equipment aside from the dash, and is fitted with a reinforced roll bar, a Sparco Evo seat, a fire suppression system, and a five-point safety harness, the latter of which has expired. A Fuel Safe fuel cell is mounted in the floor of the trunk, which also contains the relocated battery housed withing a half cage welded into the rear shock towers.

The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and accompanied by a combination of AutoMeter and Sunpro gauges to monitor RPM, coolant and oil temperature, and oil pressure. Ignition, accessory, and cut-off switches are mounted in the dash.

The 2.0-liter M10 inline-four is said to feature a 90mm bore, JE forged pistons, and 12.2:1 compression as well as billet rocker arms, oversized race valves, and valve springs from Ireland Engineering. The lubrication system consists of a large-capacity baffled oil sump, a custom cooling system, and a two-quart accumulator. Induction is through twin Weber 45 DCOE sidedraft carburetors, and a Crane electronic ignition system has been fitted. An oil cooler mounted behind the grille and is accompanied by an external large capacity oil filter. The engine is said to have been used for approximately two hours of race time since being rebuilt with :

  • Honed cylinders
  • New rings
  • New rod bearings and main bearings
  • New race-spec clutch and pressure plate
  • New seals and gaskets

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. An Ireland Engineering race header collects into a 4″ dump pipe and displays some noted wear from track use. Chassis modifications include Bilstein coilovers, box-welded front control arms, and a close-ratio steering box.

A spare M10 engine block, wheels, and other components. The car has reportedly been campaigned with Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing in the Denver area for 10 years, including five with the previous owner. 


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