c.1934 Aero 50/BMW Special Roadster
Engine no. 76332
1,971cc OHV BMW 326 six-cylinder engine
Twin 26mm Solex carburetors
50bhp at 3,750rpm
Three-speed front-drive transaxle
Four-wheel independent suspension with twin quarter elliptic springs on each wheel
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Beautiful coachbuilt roadster bodywork
-Unusual hybrid of an Aero 50 chassis a BMW engine, with coachbuilt bodywork
-Interesting and worthwhile restoration project
-Powered by a pre-war BMW engine
-Quite complete and unmolested
The Aero 50
The Aero car company of Czechoslovakia produced a range of small and sporty cars primarily for the domestic market. Known for incorporating innovative features such as front-wheel drive and multi-cylinder two-cycle engines, today they are best remembered for the wild Aero 50 models. Crafted by the Czech coachbuilder Sodomka, these beautiful machines often looked like ¾ scale versions of coachbuilt French cars. Currently, Aero cars have a cultish following in their home country as well as Germany.
The Motorcar Offered
This fascinating machine is a bit of a mystery. The chassis is undoubtedly an Aero 50, but the engine and body are certainly not. The mundane Aero four-cylinder two-cycle motor has been replaced with a period BMW 326 motor, which is mounted backwards to accommodate the forward mounted transaxle. The BMW motor is an up-spec version featuring dual Solex carburetors which feed the 1,970cc six. The job of fitting the longer motor is beautifully executed, so well that it is believed to have been done when the coachwork was fitted. The striking roadster bodywork is masterfully made and styled, resembling no other Aero 50 we have seen. With its paint off, one can examine the fine gas welding seams and filler free panel work.
This little Aero was brought to this country from Germany by a US serviceman after WWII. It has resided over here largely unused until its recent discovery. Today it has lost most of its paint, but its interior remains in sound condition. The steel floor pans are not rusted through and the body has few rust perforations. The fenders have evidence of a minor accident but overall the car is sound.
Admittedly a big project, it would be certainly a rewarding and interesting task. The end result would be a head turning sports machine perfect for vintage rallying.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit