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1939 BMW 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet Chassis no. 74454
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Presented in truly exceptional condition
Extra Information
We have not seen a better restored BMW 327 / 328!
Previous Owners
One of only 569 examples built with the more powerful BMW M328 engine
Previous Residence
Exceptionally rare pre-war BMW cabriolet
Condition
Awarded FIVA Identity Card in 2018

1939 BMW 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet

Chassis no. 74454

 

This BMW 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet

The fabulously restored BMW 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet offered here, chassis 74454, was built in 1939 and delivered new to BMW dealer, Röhrich in Wetzlar, Germany in March of the same year. The current owner also confirmed with BMW Group Classic that this 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet was originally finished in ivory. It is important to note that this BMW 327 Sports Cabriolet was fitted from new with the sportier M328 engine, hence the name, 327 / 328.

The BMW 327 was launched in 1937 with a more powerful engine, less weight and faster top speed than its predecessor, the 326. It was available as either a Coupe, or Sports Cabriolet with nearly 2,500 units built in total. However, BMW listened to its clients who wanted a sportier yet luxurious variant of the 327 Sports Cabriolet, so they developed this, the 327 / 328 which was fitted with BMW’s latest and greatest six-cylinder M328 engine. This incredible engine was also fitted to the BMW 328 which won its class at the 1938 Mille Miglia and 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans! Over 100 further victories were claimed by the 328!

Accompanying this car are copies of its German log book, detailing ownership throughout the 1950’s. 1952 saw Marc Girard own this car before it passed to Adolf Jurgunnen, then Franz Zaidler and later Hans Werner of Neunkirchen, Germany. It is understood that this BMW then passed through East Germany before being bought by its current owner in 2012.

Upon purchase, the current owner registered the car in Italy, before embarking upon an exacting nut and bolt restoration which was overseen by his team of in-house mechanics. Sharing a stable with this 327 / 328 were other greats from automotive history including a Ferrari 275 GTB 6C, Maserati Mistral 4.0 Spyder, Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Villa d’Este Coupe by Touring, Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Cabriolet by Touring, and ofcourse a Volkswagen Type 2 T1 Samba-bus ’21-Window’! This collection is managed by a team of hi-house dedicated mechanics who have overseen and managed the restoration of many significant classic automobiles, all to exquisite standards.

This car was the recipient of a full ‘body-off’ restoration, which has been photo-documented. Upon purchase this complete car was finished in two tone ivory with a green/blue with black hood and burgundy interior.

With the interior and engine removed, the body was fully stripped with every panel being inspected and restored or replaced where required. The chassis itself was stripped back to bare metal and coated in anti-corrosion paint and finished in black before being reunited with the elegant pre-war body. The various sections of wood, including the rear framework and folding hood mechanism, were replaced with new timber, ensuring the next owner has many worry-free miles ahead.

The very special M328 six-cylinder engine was stripped and rebuilt by pre-war BMW, Alfa Romeo and Bugatti specialists, Feierabend GmbH in Wurzburg, Germany, at a cost of €55,000. Before being remounted in the car, the engine was run in on the dyno to ensure everything was working exactly as it should. All remaining mechanical components, including the suspension, brakes, rear axle, steering rack and front axle were also stripped and meticulously rebuilt and refinished.

The interior was retrimmed with elegant black leather to match the black and cream exterior, with the wooden trim atop the doors also refinished. Today the interior presents in exceptional condition, with the knobs and switches all refinished, and the cream faced gauges looking fantastic set in the refinished piano black dashboard. Upon completion of this remarkable restoration, this BMW was inspected by FIVA and awarded its FIVA Identity Card in 2018.

We have never seen a BMW 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet finished to this standard. It is without doubt one of the most impressive restorations undertaken on any pre-war car. Let’s not forget, after nearly 80 years, this car was returned to the exceptional condition, with every detail being considered and correctly restored.

Pre-war BMW’s and rare, only 569 327 / 328s were built, and there are even fewer pre-war cars of any manufacturer finished in this remarkable condition. This BMW 327 / 328 Sports Cabriolet is ready to be enjoyed on a Sunday morning drive to the shop for a newspaper, or a touring rally of the Italian Dolomites, it really does offer something very few cars can.


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Images courtesy of Cymon Taylor for Girardo & Co.

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