A rare steakhouse BMW development car that became the wheel of one of the race’s forgotten talents. yes should be negotiable
Fun Friday quiz for you. How many people compete at the highest level of two-wheel and four-wheel motorsport? Not tested, not ‘negotiating’. Motorcycles and a Formula One Grand Prix. We count three. Three. John Surtees, Mike Halewood and Johnny Secotto Seriously, more people go to the moon.
We guess most of you have heard about the first two. But perhaps overlooking Cectto is like drawing a large bow. In the early 1990s, BMW’s V12-powered grand touring sports car
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After all, the 850 CSi features the 5.6-liter version of the first BMW V12 with 380bhp and 400lb ft. patent leather, meaning that even with a 6-speed manual transmission, the truly weighty 850 CSi can hit 60. dash in less than six seconds And while we’re generally fans of the E31, the 8 Series … on the road. never Looks as good as CSi
but for whatever reason (The recession might have something to do with it.) Only 1,510 CSis had ever met customers. And the S70B56 engine that powers them will become one of the rarest BMW engines ever. A fact we are sure will not be overlooked when this CSi goes on sale at the upcoming Munich auction at RM Sotheby’s in November.
pulled from the production line as ‘Development Vehicle’ – Well, sure you’re not just pulling one to drive around. You yourself? – This particular CSi is a great reminder that in the Nineties you really have to try to make BMW ugly. Inside those mustard yellows… otherwise
And when it came to finding another big bow to draw, so did Cectotto. In 1975, at just 19 years old, he won the 350cc Grand Prix and finished fourth in the 250cc class. This goes back to when GP had five separate categories. – 125, 250, 350 and 500cc as well as separate types for side bikes. It’s different time, isn’t it?
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In 1980, two years after his second and final World Championship, Cectotto retired from motorcycle racing at just 24 years old… and immediately finished first in Formula Two. Formula One is a pretty sensible step. He then scored in his second match. Oh, and be teammates with some friend Ayrton or something else.
He was until he broke both legs during qualifying for the British Grand Prix in 1984, ending his F1 career. Obviously all racing, Cectotto… er came in second at both the Spa 24 Hours and Bathurst 1000 in 1985. Then just continue the race.
Victories at both the Spa and the 24 Hours of Nurberg Ring followed in the ninety-two decades after his first motor racing victories. As well as winning many touring cars in different divisions. until the early 2000s
Somewhere in the 90s, which is unlikely to be far from victories in two of the world’s largest endurance races, Cectotto bought this 850 CSi and shipped it to his home country, Venezuela. And as we just pointed out He had one or two things going on elsewhere. Because this cool 32-year-old classic has a mileage of just 8,700 km, that’s not even 5,500 miles.
This means that Cectto’s race mileage in any given year is greater than the total mileage reading of a three-decade-old car. We’re pretty sure Cecotto can go to the moon and back now.