In 1975, 40 years ago, BMW Motorsport’s overall win at the 12 Hours of Sebring stood as a resounding introduction to the American market. The Motorsport colors, blue borrowed from the Bavarian flag, Texaco’s red, and a purple blend between the two, had yet to fly in any official capacity in North America. Just days before Sebring, BMW of North America was born, and with it, racing efforts that have continued forth to today. The 3.
It was nearly two years ago that sheer chance lead me to a secluded shop in Southern California. Behind unsuspecting doors sat an assortment of classic BMWs, unparalleled by any collection I had seen before. Dozens of cars, ranging from classic touring sedans to vintage race coupes, sat fender-to-fender, and any empty space between them was sure to be occupied by an equally impressive parts collection.