In the seventies BMW had risen into the premium segment. The Bavarian
brand dreamed of its own sports car that could take on competition with the big
names in the super sports car segment. BMW was already highly successful in
touring car races, so it also had to be possible to deploy that newcomer on the
track. For homologation purposes at least 400 units of the street version had
to be manufactured.
Known as a lorry manufacturer (‘El camion Espanol’), but also the only post-war Spanish sports car manufacturer. The company recruited engineer Wilfredo Ricart, who came from Alfa Romeo. He specialised in diesel engines but had also gained extensive experience with racing engines. In 1950 he developed a sports car that was presented at the Paris Motor Show the following year. The Pegaso caused a sensation because...