<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196

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Lot 22
1938 BMW 328 Roadster

US$ 475,000 - 525,000
£ 370,000 - 410,000
1938 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis no. 85196
Engine no. 85196

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

*Much admired pre-war icon
*Actively raced in the NorthEast for many years
*Eligible for Mille Miglia Storica, Goodwood and other events
*Well-maintained, usable example


THE BMW 328

"The BMW 328 is legendary. It is acknowledged by car enthusiasts all over the world as having a special pedigree, presence and uniqueness. It is definitely among the most attractive, successful, and influential sports cars ever built." - Rainer Simons, BMW 328: From Roadster to Legend.

Among the late 1930s sportscars, there can be few that offer as good a proposition as a 328. The brand has of course developed into a truly International one with a tag line of being "The Ultimate Driving Machine" no less. Spiritually, these 1930s roadsters are cut from the same cloth. The styling cues of radiator grille, badging etc. are all there 80 plus years ago.

But mostly it is the modernity of a 328 that is so surprising, the tubular chassis is a beautifully refined and lightweight piece of design, penned by Fritz Fiedler. Matched with its svelte bodywork and 6 cylinder power plant this creates a truly nimble sporting automobile that one could be forgiven for assuming heralds from the 50s or indeed 60s. They are a joy to drive and lightness of steering and overall control ensures that a longer distance journey would be a far more tolerable experience than in many of its peers. Amazingly they were built just eight years after the creation of the company.

The beating heart of the car, is BMW's own pushrod overhead valve 6 cylinder motor, it was designed by Rudolf Schleicher and incorporated hemispherical combustion chambers and inclined valves without recourse to overhead, or twin camshafts. The lower half of the engine came straight from the 326. Owing to its aesthetics, the pushrod valve banks gave the appearance of a twin cam. The downdraft inlet ports made it an eminently tunable unit, providing it with a longevity beyond the 328, specifically for racing Coopers and spawning the Bristol. In these days, there was 80bhp on tap, which since it was employed to power a relatively lightweight car, was more than enough.

The broad application of the engine and use of the car's powered by it means that successive generations of following engineers have "breathed" on them and they can be made to go considerably better than they would have done back in the day.

These cars were eminently successful in period competition and it is easy to see why. The debut win by Ernst Henne at the Eifelrennen at the Nurburgring in June 1936 set them on the right road for success. 328s sold well for certain, many budding sportsmen in Germany and beyond electing to use one in privateer races. By merit of their record in period they are potentially eligible for the famed Mille Miglia Storica and are a very popular mount for historic competition events such as Goodwood and the Le Mans Classic.

But the war was not kind on them, and the survival rate is a relatively modest 30-40% of their build. For their sheer drivability and aesthetic appeal, they have always been coveted.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Presented in the livery most associated with these cars, white and contrasted with a rich red leather interior, this example of the iconic BMW model comes to market following a long two-decade historic racing career in the NorthEast States. According to copies of the factory record on file in its German TUV Valuation report from 1995, it originally was sold new through on June 13, 1938, to a Mr. Sarilek, or Rarilek of Zagreb, Yugoslavia.

By the early 1990s it was the property of a Jurgen Pollack in Germany, and on file are many photos which detail a body off / ground up restoration at that time. This exhaustive work saw the car stripped back to its chassis, and carefully rebuilt. It was known to have lost its original engine by this point, but a correct pattern block from the 74 series was utilised and rebuilt to 328 specifications. All of this work was carried out by Karroseriebau M. von Hoff of Weinsheim. From the photographic record it would appear that some of the body metal was replaced during this restoration. On its completion, the handsome roadster was chosen to represent the model in the noted publication by Rainer Schlegelmilch, Hartmut Lehbrink and Jochen von Osterroth, 'BMW: The Car That Stands Apart'.

In May 2001, the former owner, Buddy Cooperberg saw the BMW advertised in Europe and commissioned Maryland based BMW specialist Max Conover to inspect, verify and negotiate its purchase. The car was acquired and shipped to the USA, again managed through Conover. It had always been Mr. Cooperberg's intentions to campaign the BMW, initially that meant track use and on arrival here it was supplied to GMT Racing in Danbury to be safely prepped for competition. Today, it runs a full competition 328 motor and accordingly a fuel cell and roll bar were fitted and its period style wheels were drilled for lightness also by GMT.

Over the course of the last 18 years, the 328 was raced competitively at a multitude of events including Lime Rock Historics, at Pocono and other race meetings. An extensive file of documents includes German reports, restoration file, bills for more recent work, and a copy of the aforementioned book.

In later years the car has been returned to more handsome road going specifications, and ultimately Mr. Conover was able to source the original block for the car, which was secured and remains crated with it today, and theoretically could be reused. Additionally four original wheels accompany it.

Presented in the definitive scheme for these cars, the 328 represents a proven, usable high standard driver/tour car. It offers the potential to give its next custodian endless possibilities to participate in major desirable events in the States and Europe and to do so in one of the definitive pre-war sportscars.
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<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
<b>1938 BMW 328 Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 85196<br />Engine no. 85196
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