Bayerische Motoren Werke grew from the merger of two aero engine manufacturers during World War I. The post war rules forbidding the manufacture of aeronautical machinery forced the company to look in a different direction. Initially concentrating on motorcycles and heavy trucks, the first automobile design was a licensed version of the British Austin Seven, acquired with the purchase of Dixi-Werke of Eisenach with the BMW badge applied for the first time in January 1929.
Larger automobiles followed, including the Type AM in 1932, the Type 303 in 1933 and the Type 315 of 1934. The 326 introduced at the Berlin Motor Show in 1936 was a significant development as it was the company’s first four door saloon and its two litre, 50 horsepower engine would go on to be the basis of one of the most iconic powerplants of the period either side of the Second World War.
It was the 328 which garnered the most attention however as it featured a new crossflow cylinder head with state of the art hemispherical combustion chambers and an ingenious arrangement of horizontal pushrods operating the exhaust valves which gave twin cam performance with less complexity and lower cost. So highly regarded was this engine that the design was obtained by Bristol Cars after the war and with little modification it went on to power cars built by Bristol and AC amongst others with great success into the 1960s.
The shortened twin-tube chassis of the 328 featured a glorious streamlined two seat body which allowed the standard car to achieve a top speed of 96 miles per hour though a lightweight prototype and with a higher compression engine was clocked at over 100 mph at Brooklands in the hands of renowned British driver Sammy Davis.
The racing potential of the 328 was soon demonstrated with a 2 litre class win in the 1938 Mille Miglia and again at Le Mans in 1939 and an outright victory at the Mille Miglia in 1940. Only 462 328’s were built before production ended in 1939 making them a rare and highly collectible sports car with an exceptional racing pedigree.
Chassis 85188 was discovered as a project in Germany approximately a decade ago and was brought over to the UK and restored utilising the specialist services of TT Workshop in London, one of the world’s leading 328 specialists and Bristol Engineering in Wiltshire. Both highly regarded bespoke restorers where a total of over £254,000 was spent between 2009 and 2011. Completed in 2012, no corners were cut to bring this rare German 1930s sports car to the condition that it is in today.
The bodywork is finished in white with the dash featuring contrasting elegant cream dials. New trim is fitted throughout including a new hood, wet weather gear to keep the elements at bay, new carpets and seats fully retrimmed in black leather. The car is complete with a UK registration document and also a FIVA passport.
There is also a large file of bills and receipts from the aforementioned restorers as well as assorted correspondence and a large photographic file of the work carried out.
The 328 really is one of the great driving pre-war cars, often considered to equal many of the post war sports cars for their handling and speed.
Whether you want to race, rally or simply enjoy it on the road at the weekends, there are few greater and more versatile sports cars in which to do it.
Die Fahrgestellnr. 85188 wurde vor etwa einem Jahrzehnt in Deutschland entdeckt und ins Vereinigte Königreich gebracht, wo es sich einer fachmännischen Restaurierung vom “TT Workshop” in London (einer der führenden 328er Spezialisten) und “Bristol Engineering” in Wiltshire unterzogen hat. Zwischen 2009 und 2011 wurden insgesamt mehr als 254,000 £ für diese Restaurierung ausgegeben. Vollendet wurde das Werk in 2012, um diesen seltenen deutschen Sportwagen der 1930er Jahre in diesen Zustand zu bringen, in der es sich heute befindet.
Fertiggestellt in einem schönen Weiß, mit edlen cremefarbenen Kontrasten im Armaturenträger. Weiter wurden die Verkleidung komplett neu eingefasst samt neuer Haube, Nasswettervorrichtung, neuen Teppichen und neu verkleideten Sitzen in schwarzem Leder. Das Auto wird mit britischen Fahrzeugpapieren und FIVA Pass ausgehändigt, sowie einer umfassenden Auto-Akte mit Belegen von oben erwähnten Restauratoren und vielen Fotos.
Der 328er gilt als eines der bestfahrenden Autos der Vorkriegszeit, und kommt den Sportwagen der Nachkriegszeit in Sachen Fahrgefühl und Geschwindigkeit schon sehr nahe. Ob Sie mit ihm Rennen fahren oder eine schöne Wochenendfahrt unternehmen, es gibt nur wenige wie diesen wunderbaren und vielseitigen Sportwagen, in denen man es so genießen könnte.
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