Nope, not a P6, but a jolly nice 1975 BMW

mrtask

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At the filling station yesterday when this beauty pulled up to the pump. South African special 530 MLE (Motorsport Light Edition), one of 35 homologation specials for the South African Saloon Car racing series, with the engine, box and rear axle from the 'Batmobile' 6 series coupé. Three litre straight six, triple Webers, aluminium doors and boot, sounded fruity. Too nice a car not to share, I thought.

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jp928

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Very nice! Another odd BMW I saw a few of in Saudi was the 748 - a 735 with a turbo. With the canted over engine, Only available in LHD.
 

cobraboy

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Late to the party on this :rolleyes:
Very nice. He's a brave boy running triple Webers without an airbox ! They do like to sneeze and spit when cold, cover everything in fuel, then... Woooof !!!
 

mrtask

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He's a brave boy running triple Webers without an airbox !
I noticed that as I was peeking in there. Not so much as a gauze, just six open trumpets!
Is it sitting high or is that just black arch flares?
The black wheel arch flares make it look as if the arches are much higher. There was quite a bit of fresh air between the top of the tires and the lips on the arches.
I din't get enough photos. There were holes drilled everywhere in the braces on the inside of the panels to further reduce weight. In cycling circles the practice as applied to things like chainrings and brake levers used to be called 'drillium'! The bonnet looked like Swiss cheese on the underside.
 

colnerov

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I din't get enough photos. There were holes drilled everywhere in the braces on the inside of the panels to further reduce weight. In cycling circles the practice as applied to things like chainrings and brake levers used to be called 'drillium'! The bonnet looked like Swiss cheese on the underside.
Or 'added lightness'
 

mrtask

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Or 'added lightness'
Perhaps I've misremembered, but I thought that phrase was attributable to Colin Chapman of Lotus?
Veering off topic from my original post, but I'll just add that of those racing cyclists who so painstakingly drilled material out of the alloy components of their bikes, some would then put half that weight back again by painting the inner edges of all the holes!
 
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