We all know about the legendary E9 3.0 CSL Batmobile. We even know about the E28 “Batmobile” on the European touring car racing circuit. But how about… the E12?!

We know little else about this, though we think it’s based on the E12 M535i. Any tips from our knowledgeable readers?

~ by velofinds on December 7, 2010.

2 Responses to “Batmobile-look”

  1. This particular car is South African. (From the sponsor-stickers). It’s main competitor in this racing class was the Alfa Romeo GTV6 3.0, another unique model that was built in SA. These two cars were at the time the fastest production saloon cars in SA.

  2. ah, in that case:

    The Motorsport Limited Edition E12 530 was jointly developed by BMW of South Africa and BMW Motorsport GmbH in order to homologate the 3.0-liter 5 Series sedan for competition in the South African Modified Production class. The production of at least 100 road cars was required under the homologation rules, though it is thought that around 216 street-legal examples of the Motorsport Limited Edition 530 were ultimately produced, all in 1976…

    The Motorsport Limited Edition 530 was offered in three paint colors: Ice White, Platinum metallic or Sapphire Blue metallic, all paired with tri-color Motorsport stripes. The body featured fender lip extensions as well as fiberglass front and rear spoilers. In order to reduce weight, several body panels were made of aluminum or thinner steel, the pedals and trunk hinges were drilled for further savings, plus thinner glass was used for all windows except the front windshield. Inside, these special 530s were fitted with Scheel sport seats covered in blue velour and equipped with a three-spoke sport steering wheel. Finally, the rear bench seat was mounted to a foam base in order to reduce weight even further.

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