Monday, September 2, 2013

BMW 328

When I saw this parked up in a line-up of Vintage cars at the recent Chatsworth House Country Show I just couldn’t take my eyes off it. It seemed out of place surrounded by pre 40’s cars with high waistlines and tall radiators. Its sleek ageless lines and sweeping streamlined low slung body whose design is credited to Peter Szymanowski, who became BMW chief of design after World War II, is just so beautiful to behold.

Under this stunning aluminium body, was a steel ladder chassis with a straight 6 cylinder 1971cc capacity producing 79bhp, running through a 4 speed gearbox powering its light 828kg’s up to 96mph.

As with most sports cars of the 1930’s they were built to race and sold to fund that first role of racing. The 328 was no exception its racing debut at the Nurburing in 1936 resulted in a win for the 2ltr class, from there it won a further 100 class races including Le Mans, RAC Tourist Trophy and even the 1000 mile Mille Miglia twice once in 1938 and then again in a one off coupe in 1940.

In total between 1936 until 1940 464 cars left the BMW Eisenach factory, meaning this is one rare thoroughbred sports car that had sleighed all the more powerful competition.


 


 
 
 
 
 


 


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