The 328 was introduced in 1936, and was immediately noted for the semi streamlined bodywork, which was years ahead if its time, the Jaguar XK 120 of 1948 being the first quantity produced car to emulate its appearance. Despite being very fully equipped, the car only weighed 13.75 cwt., and handled exceptionally well, with a top speed of almost 100 m.p.h. in standard form, and acceleration from 0-60 m.p.h. in 9.5 seconds; power output was 80 b.h.p. at 4760 r.p.m.
In 1937 Sammy Davis drove a fully equipped but slightly tuned example for one hour at Brooklands and covered 102.2 miles, a truly remarkable feat by an unsupercharged 2 litre car running on pump fuel, in the days when many sports cars with much larger engines could not equal, never mind better, such a performance. The 328 soon made its mark in competitions of all kinds – racing, hill-climbs and rallies – tuned cars being capable of 120 m.p.h. Particularly noteworthy were an overall win in the 1940 Mille Miglia and 2nd on Index and 5th overall at Le Mans in 1939, only beaten by bigger Bugatti, Delage and Lagonda cars.
This wonderful BMW 328 Roadster was rebuilt within the last 5 years using a chassis from a 1936 BMW 315, which is identical to the 328 chassis. The only difference is the numeration. It is supplied with original 328 front and rear axles which were both completely overhauled, as were the springs and the braking system. It also has overhauled wheels and master cylinders, brake pads, brake drums and brake pipes.
The engine is a BMW unit with a Bristol cylinder head, which equally was rebuilt completely with new bearings, new pistons new tappets, valve guides, carburettors and new clutch. The Volvo 4 – speed gearbox has been overhauled too and received a new propshaft. The wheels were overhauled and 4 new tyres were fitted.
A new radiator and petrol tank were manufactured. The bodywork has been manufactured to original specification by a well known specialist, as was the paintwork ( original BMW 328 colour : cherry red ), trim, etc.
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