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Return of the BMW 328 Kamm Coupé
World premiere of the racing car on Lake Como(PresseBox) ( München, )
BMW was quick to appreciate the unique status of its Mille Miglia cars following the victory in 1940, and they were soon spirited out of Munich into the countryside to prevent them from being destroyed in the war. The evacuation was successful, with all five cars surviving the wartime years virtually unscathed. However, in the turmoil of the immediate postwar period, the collection of silver racers were split up and went their separate ways around the world. Only the Kamm Coupé remained in Germany, former BMW Director of Racing Ernst Loof having acquired the car for his personal use. By this time he had become a carmaker in his own right, supplying hotheeled Veritas racing sports cars to customers in the emergent Germany of the postwar era. However, financial difficulties were never far away and a few years later he was forced to let the Kamm Coupé go. Sadly, this automotive gem was not destined to enjoy a long life under new ownership, and it was consigned to the scrapheap after an accident in the early 1950s.
Efforts to rebuild the car have been ongoing since the mid-1990s. Documents from the Group archive and private collectors, computer calculations carried out in the BMW development department, and the skilled hands of body experts and engine specialists have all been employed to prepare the 328 Kamm Coupé for its public unveiling at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. For Karl Baumer this has been an incredible project: "We've come up against some major technical challenges, had many discussions and racked up countless hours of research, but when you see the car for the first time you can sense the passion and professionalism invested by all those involved - both all those years ago and today."
As well as unveiling the 328 Kamm Coupé at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, BMW will also present a special exhibition of the brand's cars preparing to line up for the Mille Miglia ten days later.
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