<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864

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Lot 140
1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET

Sold for US$ 220,000 inc. premium
1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET

Chassis no. 74582
Engine no. 1111864

1,971cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Solex Downdraft Carburetors
80bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Rare pre-war BMW convertible
*Fresh from long term restoration
*Eminently usable tour car
*Powered by the renowned 328 motor
*A CCCA Full Classic


THE PRE-WAR BMW

The acquisition of the Dixi works at Eisenach in 1928 provided BMW, hitherto a manufacturer of aero engines and motorcycles, with a foothold in motor manufacturing. Dixi's built-under-license version of the Austin Seven was gradually developed and improved, ending up with swing-axle suspension and overhead valves, and then in 1933 came the first true BMW - the six-cylinder 303. The latter adopted a twin-tube frame and abandoned the rear swing axles in favor of a conventional live axle, while up front there was a superior transverse-leaf independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. These features, along with the four-bearing, overhead-valve engine, would provide the basis for the more powerful and sportingly inclined models to follow. Introduced in 1938, the 327 sports-tourer used the shortened, boxed, ladder-type chassis of the 326 saloon, shared by the 320, but with semi-elliptic rear springing in place of torsion bars. The gearbox was a Hurth four-speed manual unit with freewheel between 1st and 2nd gears, enabling clutch-less gear changes at low speeds, while there were hydraulic brakes all round.

BMW's pushrod six had by now been enlarged to 1,971cc and developed around 55bhp in the 327, which as on this car could also be ordered with the 328 sports car's 80bhp unit at extra cost. Autocar magazine got its hands on a 328-engined Type 327 Sports Cabriolet in 1939, achieving the highly creditable maximum speed, for a 2-litre car, of 96.77mph (156km/h) while testing the BMW at Brooklands.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 327/328 Cabriolet arrives on the market following the culmination of a restoration over the course of the last two decades, having been discovered on Long Island in the 1980s.

For many years Long Island, aside from Henry Austin Clark's pioneering automobile museum, was a well noted great feeding ground for such projects, numerous cars arriving in the famed scrapyards being towed in from north shore Mansions among other sources. With this it was a very different tale, the car being thought to have been one of a series of cars that migrated to the U.S. at the hands of a G.I. stationed in Germany at the end of the war.

There they were discovered with the G.I. in the 1980s by a local car enthusiast. At the time it was said that other interesting finds had included a Duesenberg and Mercedes-Benz 540K, but by the 1980s a trifecta of BMWs, two 327/328s and a 327 were all that remained, all being cabriolets. At the time of the find they were in a sorry state, having been left open to the elements for many years, albeit under tarpaulins. Fortunately however, their engines and radiators had been safely stored.

The current owner negotiated to acquire all of the BMWs, delicately removing them. He quickly realized that only the 327/328s were worth pursuing as projects, one migrated to Italy, while the other remained, with him and its restoration commenced. Inquiries made with Hagen Nyncke of the BMW Group Archive, enabled the owner to confirm that it was originally delivered to local German Agency "Michel" on May 4, 1939. As new it was sold in dark blue and black with a blue leather interior.

In the current custody the car has been totally rebuilt, in terms of its bodywork and structure and also its mechanical aspect. The 327 was ultimately sacrificed for necessary parts to assist this project. While, instead of its original scheme a lighter two tone blue was chosen which complements the lines of the car well.

To those unfamiliar with this era of the brand, this particular model represents a wonderful balance of the legendary lightweight high performance twin cam engine in a light nimble chassis and then in this case with a full convertible body that one can use on tours whatever the weather. Fresh from its rebuild the car is ready to be used in the coming summer motoring season.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this vehicle's correct engine number is 1111804.
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<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
<b>1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 74582<br />Engine no. 1111864
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