You need this: BMW touring car once featured in GRM

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Aug 15, 2023 | BMW, 320i, BMW 320i, Cars For Sale, Super Touring

Photography Courtesy RM Sotheby's

For a brief minute there, the North American Touring Car Championship brought European-style tin-top racing to the States. This 1996 BMW 320i was driven by fan-favorite Randy Pobst to the 1997 independent-category championship.

It’s been featured in GRM.

It’s even been on the cover of GRM.

And now it can possibly be yours as RM Sotheby’s will offer it during its upcoming Monterey sale.

From the listing:

The car on offer, chassis 96/007, was initially entered by the CiBiEmme team in the 1996 Italian Super Touring season driven by Yolanda Surer and Formula One veteran Gianni Morbidelli. With teammates Johnny Cecotto and Emanuele Naspetti employed for the entire season, the team racked up 11 victories on their way to a manufacturer’s title. The car would then be sent to the United States, where it competed in the North American Touring Car Championship. During the 1997 season, the car was entered by TC Kline Racing with the legendary Randy Pobst behind the wheel amongst the non-factory backed independent class. Within this category, Pobst achieved 1st place, as well as 5th in the overall championship, continuing the winning ways of this chassis.

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Comments
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/15/23 12:13 p.m.

is that an S14 in there?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/15/23 12:32 p.m.

S42, so a Touring Car-spec M42, kinda. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/15/23 4:24 p.m.

I want to say 320 horsepower from a mid-’90s 2.0L. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/15/23 5:29 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

i didn't see the engine designation anywhere in the articles.  did i just miss it somewhere?

also, TIL there was an S42

racerfink
racerfink UberDork
8/15/23 7:48 p.m.

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