Classic Cars

One-Off BMW Veritas is on the Auction Block

Entirely original barn find has found its way into a Chicago auction house.

This is undoubtedly one of the weirdest cars ever to be associated with the German prestige automaker and this week the 1949 BMW Veritas will find a new owner as it goes up for auction via Auctions America by RM in Chicago. Of its history the auctioneers say "It was the work of Ernst Loof, Georg Meier and Lorenz Dietrich. Dietrich had worked for BMW, while Meier was a winner of the 1939 motorcycle Tourist Trophy, and Loof was also a motorcycle champ who had managed BMW's sports department.

"After World War II, the trio decided to build a car based on BMW components. Since the Allied Forces occupying Germany would not allow the manufacture of engines larger than one liter, customers were to bring their own drivetrains, which would be installed at the factory in Hausern." A road-going Veritas was launched in 1949 with Coupe, cabriolet and sports roadsters were available principally founded on the Maybach chassis. Although BMW 326 and 328 engines were used, the car manufacturer objected to the use of their name on the car as it was not of their manufacture, hence it was rebadged simply as Veritas.

The all-original example offered here has had fender skirts installed and an upper grille assembly fitted in the nose; however its new owner is unlikely to make any more changes to one of the oddest BMWs in existence. Enjoy close ups of the barn find via the video link below.

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