Two of the most iconic BMW classic cars are to go up for auction this October at Bonhams Auction House, Dubai. BMW has partnered with the British Auctioneers previously when they put up the largest private collection of classic BMW motorcycles at the BMW Museum in Munich.
This venture was a success and so the two companies are joining together again but this time, it’s all about classic cars. Taken from BMW’s own collection, the rare BMW M1 and BMW 3.0 CSL will be up for grabs.
It is unusual to have the opportunity to buy such classics and so there is great interest at this auction. It’s the first time ever that BMW will put anything up for sale from its Classic Collection. Appreciating the importance of BMWs automotive heritage, BMW Classic expanded the famous and traditional BMW Classic Centre which carries out restoration work on classic BMWs.
Understanding the importance of the historic and the present, Karl Baumer, Director of BMW Classic told us “Buying and selling classics is as much a part of our new range of series as the consignment of classics and advice on buying.” In the 1990s BMW Mobile Tradition, as it was then known, began the delicate and painstaking restoration of the BMW M1 and BMW 3.0 CSL.
The company changed hands to then become known as BMW Classic and the restorative work continued. When finished, the vehicles made star appearances at events such as the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. BMW is confident that the sale is a move in the right direction and that the auction will be a success.
BMW did not choose to auction these collectables in Dubai by chance. Ralf Vierlein, General Manager Sales and Aftersales at BMW Classic recognised that Dubai is a growth area when it comes to BMW and classic cars. He told us it was a region where they see a “great deal more potential.”