Based on the six-cylinder 315/319 of 1934-37, the BMW 328 was a sleek, efficient, two-seat sports roadster with a tubular frame and transverse-leaf-spring independent front suspension. The engine was the cleverly detailed straight six from the BMW 326, with opposed valves and cross-pushrod valvegear. It offered 90+ mph flat out, and its great style and comfort rendered most other middle-price sports cars crudely old-fashioned.
The longer, wider, and heavier BMW 327 coupe and convertible followed with less power but simpler inline valvegear, plus genuine four-passenger capacity.
The appearance of all were remarkably similar (aped by the postwar Bristol 400), with trademark "twin-kidney" grille, recessed headlamps, and flowing lines. The BMW 327 was also available with the BMW 328 engine in 1937-1941 as the confusingly named 327/28.
Most desirable is anything produced by Italy or the United States during this period, and the cars are likely more sought after now than they were then.
Pluses of the 1936-1941 BMW 327/328:
- The most charismatic prewar Bimmers
- Advanced chassis
- Fine handling
- Good performance (328)
- Period styling
Minuses of the 1936-1941 BMW 327/328:
- 328s very expensive
- Restoration difficult
Production of the 1936-1941 BMW 327/328:
- 327: 461
- 328: 1,396
Specifications of the 1936-1941 BMW 327/328:
Wheelbase, inches: 108.3 (327), 94.5 (328)
Length, inches: 176.0 (327), 156.0 (328)
Weight, pounds: 2,425/1,830 (327/328)
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1936-1941 BMW 327/328:
Type Size Horsepower Years ohv I-6 1,971 cc (120 cid) 55 1937-1941 ohv I-6 1,971 cc (120 cid) 80 1936-1940
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