- One of only 459 examples of this iconic pre-war race cars built
- After a complete long-term renovation
- Original historical documents
- Documented more than seventy-year history since 1950
- One of the most successful race-cars before WWII
- Considered one of the most important cars built in the 20th century
- Supercar of its era
- Not only Mille Miglia eligible, this model was the overall winner in 1940
- All documents were checked by Auctomobile
- Other features: possibility of assisting with registration, transport, insurance, storage and Trusted Checkout payment
- Please note that this car will be available for viewing by prior appointment in Brno, Czechia
The BMW 328 was a sports car offered by BMW from 1936 to 1940, with the body design credited to Peter Szymanowski, who became BMW chief of design after World War II (although technically the car was designed by Fritz Fiedler).
In 1999 the BMW 328 was named one of 25 finalists for Car of the Century by a worldwide panel of automotive journalists.
The 328 was introduced at the Eifelrennen race at the Nürburgring in 1936, where Ernst Henne drove it to win the 2.0-litre class. The 328 had more than 100 class wins in 1937, including the RAC Tourist Trophy, the Österreichische Alpenfahrt, and the La Turbie hillclimb. In 1938, the 328 won its class at the RAC Tourist Trophy, the Alpine Rally, and the Mille Miglia.
The 328 won the RAC Rally in 1939 and came in fifth overall and first in class in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Frank Pratt won the 1948 Australian Grand Prix driving a 328.
In 1938, BMW 328 became a class winner in Mille Miglia.
In 1940, the Mille Miglia Touring Coupe won the Mille Miglia with an average speed of 166.7 km/h (103.6 mph).
In 2004, the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe became the first car to win both the Mille Miglia (1940) and the modern-day classical version of the race.
The BMW 328 was one of the most successful race-cars before WWII and it was considered one of the most important cars built in the XX-h century. It was the supercar of its era with one of the most classic stylings ever.
A long hood with two flared arches and a pair of headlights that were incorporated into the flowing design of the car was unusual for 1936. The slim and tall “BMW-Kidney” grille was already a brand image both on the tracks and on the streets. The short cockpit was for two passengers and the half-doors were there only to pass the regulations. The rear wheels were covered by flared and extended wheel-arches. Between them, the sloped trunk host the spare-wheel on top of it when the car was used on the streets.
The chassis featured an elliptical profile to decrease weight and increase strength. The excellent handling of the car came from its low weight of 830 kg, front swing axle with a transverse leaf spring and the rear live axle. The inline-six engine was similar to the one found in the BMW 326 and 327 but featured a different cylinder head and three down-drought carburetors. That setup allowed the car to obtain 80 hp from the 2.0-liter engine. It was mated to a 4-speed gearbox. Depending on the race, the axle final drive ratio could have been changed either for acceleration or for higher speeds.
The 328 BMW was an all-new idea of what a competition car could be. In an era of boisterous race engines, the 328s were civilized. Its twin-tube chassis with independent front suspension was cloaked in a sleek, streamlined body that was the antithesis of contemporary sports racers.
Just 459 BMW 328s were built. Most owners raced theirs, and usually found other 328 owners their only real competition.
This example comes after a complete long-term renovation, original documents and documented more than seventy-year history in the Czech Republic since 1950. Czech registration plates. Silver metallic body, after a complete long term restoration over 8 years. Engine was running 20 hours on the bench. Test drives in work progress before finishing the car, approx 30 km. In the car collection of the owner for 16 years.
The 70 years of period history is well documented with documents, period photos of both the car and the owner with his still living family. With memories from them when they were small children and their uncle, the then owner, drove te car. The car is documented in the original condition before the renovation and the file is including photos also during the renovation.
The BMW has the original vintage documents aand the period registration. The car has never been de-registered, it had always a number plate and was regularly driven, all the time it was registered and the compulsory liability insurance was paid.
On the request of the seller, we will only provide the car's chassis number on subsequent documents only to a serious buyer.