Companhia Brasileira de Empreendimentos Mercantis or CEBEM were the official importers of BMW in Brazil from 1966. In 1969, they imported two BMW 2000 ti (Turismo Internazionale) prepared by BMW’s Alpina racing division and one car modified by tuning specialist, Schnitzer. They handed the three cars to race drivers Ciro Cayres, Jan Balder and Paulão Gomes.
But all the drivers found that the car from Schnitzer was a little heavier and they had to make it lighter. They drew inspiration from the Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF ‘barchetta’ (little boat) model that was driven by Sandro Munari and Rauno Aaltonen where the roof was chopped off. This prompted CEBEM to do the same, and the car was modified. With new suspensions and some more body-work, resulted in the car being lighter by 200 kg. The car just appeared to be like a large-spaced coffin from the outside.
On 8th March, 1970 at the Sao Paulo race circuit of the Interlagos 1500 km event, driver Ciro Cayres and Jan Balder drove the car to victory earning the nickname “Flying Coffin” or Esquife Voador (Brazilian Portuguese).
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|- Licensed product|
|- Material: RESIN|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||5.5 x 3 x 2|
|Theme||Racing - F1 / GP|