Lot 282 - 1941 BMW 327/328 Cabriolet
|Estimate||£85,000 - £110,000|
|Result||Sold - £118,720|
Launched in 1937, the first BMW 327 was a cabriolet model, followed in 1938 by a fixedhead coupé version. This was shorter and lower than its saloon counterpart but shared the famous BMW twin 'sausage' (more recently reduced to a twin 'kidney') grill and a streamlined form representative of the more progressive designs of the 1930s. With its great style, comfort and genuine four-passenger capacity, it rendered most other middle-price sports cars crudely old-fashioned. Mechanically, the car utilised the innovative hydraulic brake control, gearbox, clutch and suspension system first seen on the 326. Also shared was the 1971cc, straight six power plant, although the 327 boasted a modest power increase to 55bhp. The advertised top speed of 78mph/125kph constituted a useful performance advantage for the shorter car. The BMW 327 was also available with the BMW 328 engine in 1937 to 1941 and named the 327/28.
This most elegant of examples is a late lefthand drive example manufactured in 1941; it is not a factory 327/28 but a standard 327 albeit with the 328 engine fitted very early on in its life. This interesting and practical pre-war sports tourer is presented in stunning two tone black/cream paintwork and tan interior. It was part of a large private Swedish collection and an excellent and thoroughly usable all-round, late pre-war German 2+2 drophead touring car. It has been running with the more desirable straight six, 328 engine since the mid/late 1950's and is accompanied by a comprehensive history file. BMW 327's are fabulous and this one, utilising the famous 328 engine, makes it both quick and far more desirable. Presented in superb, ready to use condition, it runs on 328 wheels and would form the centrepiece to any pre war/BMW collection. A wonderful opportunity to acquire factory-certified touring sports car from the pre-war era and one of the most elegant of cars suitable for showing or driving at the most prestigious events around the world.
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