1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J
Lot 4
1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster
Sold for £24,150 (US$ 32,264) inc. premium

Lot Details
1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J 1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster  Chassis no. SB328004J
1983 Sbarro 'BMW 328' Roadster
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. SB328004J
*Rare Swiss-made BMW 328 replica
*2.8-litre BMW engine
*Sold new to Japan
*Two private-collector owners from new

Footnotes

  • Since the early 1970s the exotic one-offs made in Switzerland by expatriate Italian Franco Sbarro have been one of the major attractions of the Geneva Motor Show. His first offering was based on the Lola T70 sports racer, and subsequent inspirations have included the Porsche 917, Ford GT40, Bugatti Royale, Mercedes-Benz 540K, and Porsche 911, the latter forming the basis of the wedge-shaped Sbarro Challenge coupé of the 1980s. In the mid 1970s BMW's legendary pre-war sports car, the 328, was revived in replica form by Sbarro, the German manufacturer's contemporary '3' Series saloon providing much of the running gear. The Sbarro 328's two-seater glassfibre coachwork closely followed the lines of the original, while the tubular chassis was configured to accept the modern running gear, which included all-round independent suspension and front disc brakes. As well as modern switch-gear and lighting, the Sbarro 328 also came with a heater and windscreen de-mister. Autocar magazine tested a Sbarro 328 for its January 1977 edition, finding it an intriguing mix of old and new characteristics: 'In terms of clutch, brake and steering wheel effort, and the feel of the gearchange, one could be in a recent saloon car. The ride and handling are, however, distinctly "old-fashioned"...' Nevertheless, the esteemed British motoring magazine felt that 'it would be perfectly feasible to make a long journey in complete comfort in a Sbarro BMW 328 Replica'.

    When equipped with the modern BMW 325's 2.5-litre, six-cylinder engine, a top speed of 132mph was claimed for the Sbarro 328. The example offered here has the 2.8-litre, six-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine of the BMW '5' Series installed so should be capable of nudging 140mph. This Sbarro 328 was delivered new to Japan and remained in the first owner's private collection until its purchase by the vendor in 2010. The Sbarro was imported into the UK that same year; taxes have been paid, though the car has never been registered in this country. MoT'd in 2015, it is in running and driving condition, and is only offered for sale following a change in the focus of the vendor's collection. Sold strictly as viewed, this rare and desirable BMW 328 replica is offered with sundry bills, an old-style logbook, and MoT to April 2016.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car does not come with an old style logbook.
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