1949 Veritas RS
The former motorcycle racer and engine specialist Ernst Loof was race director at BMW before the war. In this function he played a major role in the development of the successful BMW racing models.
After the war, from 1946, he founded the company Veritas, Sport und Rennwagenbau together with Lorenz Dietrich (former commercial director of the BMW plant in Allach), the racing driver and BMW employee Georg "Schorsch" Meier and the former six-day racing cyclist Werner Miethe.
They developed the first vehicles based on the BMW 328 chassis and engines. These new vehicles were called BMW-Veritas. The first major and publicly announced appearance of the Veritas brand ended on 9 May 1948 at the Hockenheimring with class wins by Karl Kling and Georg Meier. Numerous other victories followed, so that BMW AG had the designation BMW-Veritas banned, as they feared that the competition would be too great. The cars were therefore from now on built under the model name Veritas RS (RS for "racing").
Veritas quickly became the dominant brand in all German racing events of the early post-war period. Within a short time, further orders were received and a large number of 30 to 40 RS were sold to foreign customers.
The car shown here was ordered in 1948 by Hans Schuler, a Swiss "Gentleman Driver".
Fascinating and historically very informative is the unique documentation of this German racing car. From the order confirmation on the original Veritas letterhead to the original receipt of the purchase price paid, unique contemporary documents have been preserved and are included in the scope of delivery.
Hans Schuler drove his car at more than 34 documented racing events from 1949 to 1950, including a participation in the German Grand Prix in August 1950. The original "driver card" of Hans Schuler as a participant has been preserved here, on which his starting number and training times were recorded.
The original invitation from the organizer "Automobilclub von Deutschland e. V." to the race with the notification of the starting number 40 is also available in original.