Hartge F1 piece sedan with engine from BMW M1 will be on saleApril 6, 2020
The plans at the auction house Sotheby’s sale in Essen, Germany, an exclusive car. We are talking about the Hartge F1 sedan developed in a single copy, which was built in 1988 on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz 300E W124 series, which has a power plant from the BMW M1.
The tuning company Hartge, which was founded by the brothers Rolf and Andreas Hartge in 1971, closed in the middle of last year. The company mainly modernized the BMW, MINI and Range Rover models, however, it became popular due to the installation of BMW multi-liter engines in cars that do not correspond to their dimensions.
For example, often tuners installed engines from the “fives” in the “three”. One of such experiments was the Hartge F1 – Mercedes-Benz 300E with an improved installation from the M1 model.
In the stock sedan, the brothers decided to install a 3.5-liter inline V6 engine of the BMW M88, which were equipped with the M1, M 635 CSi and BMW M5 (E28). A simple unit developed 260 – 286 hp, but the tuners considered this insufficient: the power plant slightly increased the working volume and compression ratio, as a result, the productivity increased to 330 hp In addition, the 300E was equipped with a manual transmission from the 6th series of the first generation (E24) and a Bilstein sports suspension.
Created in a single copy of Hartge F1 was the most expensive development of the studio. The machine has a pristine, unrestored appearance, while its cost is not currently disclosed.
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