1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886

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Lot 79
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports
Coachwork by Gebrüder Ihle Karrosseriebau GmbH Registration no. BF 7438 Chassis no. 24886

Sold for £ 28,125 (US$ 37,660) inc. premium
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports
Coachwork by Gebrüder Ihle Karrosseriebau GmbH

Registration no. BF 7438
Chassis no. 24886
Odometer reading: tbc
MOT: Exempt



*Rare coachbuilt BMW light car
*Left-hand drive
*Excellent condition


Ihle Karosseriebau of Bruchsal, Germany was a coachbuilder active from circa 1928 to 1939, specialising in two-seater sports bodies for the BMW 3/15 and DKW's smaller models. Ford, Hansa, and Opel chassis were catered for also. This example of Ihle's special coachwork is on a BMW Dixi chassis. The acquisition of the Dixi works at Eisenach in 1928 had provided BMW, hitherto a manufacturer of aero engines and motorcycles, with a foothold in motor manufacturing. Dixi had recommenced civilian production post-1918 with a range of revived pre-war models and then in 1927 the firm obtained a licence to manufacture the Austin Seven, which was marketed as the Typ DA1 or 3/15. Dixi would not stay independent for very much longer however, being acquired by BMW in October 1928 for around 1 million marks. Dixi's built-under-license version of the Austin Seven was gradually developed and improved, ending up with swing-axle suspension and overhead valves, before the arrival of the first true BMW in 1933.
The current vendor saw this Ihle-bodied BMW in Japan while looking at another car and immediately fell in love with it. He personally imported the car and has owned it ever since. Finished in blue with tan leather interior, this rare coachbuilt BMW light car is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition and offered with a V5C document.

£10,000 – 15,000

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 84 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 24 /25
    Body Work: 5
    Paint: 5
    Glass: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 16 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Axles: 4
    Suspension: 4
    Brakes: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 20 /20
    Seats: 5
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 5
    Headlining: 5
    Trim: 5

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8 /10
    Main components: 4
    Ancillary components: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 15 /20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 3
    Under Bonnet: 4
    Mechanical components: 4

    Car History File: 1
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
1931 BMW 3/15 Ihle Sports  Chassis no. 24886
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