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1938 BMW 328

Chassis number : 85144

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Sold for $698,000 at 2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
Production of the BMW 328 began in April of 1936 and output would eventually reach 464 units by the time production ended in September 1939. They were extensively campaigned by BMW's Works team at contemporary racing events and would earn approximately 125 victories, including 1-2-3 finishes at the Mille Miglia, International Avusrunnen, Grand Prix des Frontières, and two victories at the Nürburgring. A three-car team entry at Le Mans in 1939 resulted in a 5th, 7th, and 9th place finish. Team cars placed 1st and 3rd at the shortened 1940 Mille Miglia and privateers finished 5th and 6th.

Munich-based Automag was the first recorded BMW dealership and is still in existence. This particular 328 was delivered to Automag on April 1st of 1938, and after it left Automag, its earliest history is unknown. By the early 1950s, it had made its way to the United States. In 1969, the car was owned by Mr. Robert Tarwacki of South Bend, Indiana. It was subsequently owned by Mr. James Riley of Chicago, culminating in a sale to its next owner in 1982. By this point in history, the car had been partially restored. Still as a project, the car was acquired by the current owner in 2010, who restarted the project from the beginning. The bodywork was entrusted to Simon Isles and Quest Restorations was responsible for stripping every last nut and bolt. They ensured the frame was square, and the rolling chassis received new road springs, bearings, and bushings. The engine was then rebuilt by Mike Robinson and Ian Nuttall Racing rebuilt the transmission.

The car wears a black exterior and the interior is done in deep red leather with red carpeting, a black hood, and black tonneau covers.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2022

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2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $850,000 
Sale Price :
USD $698,000

2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $375,000-USD $450,000 
Lot was not sold

1938 BMW 328 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the BMW 328

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 BMW 327/28 Sport Cabriolet
Chassis#: 74308
Sold for USD$191,557
  2022 RM Sothebys : Munich
 
1938 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: 85111
Sold for USD$532,247
  2022 RM Sothebys : Munich
 
1938 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: 85144
Sold for USD$698,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1938 BMW 328 image  1938 BMW 328 image  
1938 BMW 328 ROADSTER
Chassis#: 85188
Sold for USD$638,253
  2018 Coys - True Greats 2018
 
1938 BMW 328 Cabriolet par Autenrieth
Chassis#: 85200
Sold for USD$613,284
  2018 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: JHX 339
Sold for USD$931,740
  2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale
 
1938 BMW 328 SPORTS TWO-SEATER
Chassis#: 85302
Sold for USD$1,312,732
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1938 BMW 328 Roadster
Sold for USD$494,600
  2012 Coy - True Greats
 
1938 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: 85207
Sold for USD$507,562
  2009 Bonham - Les Grandes Marques à Monaco
 

BMW 328s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1938 BMW 328's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 BMW 328 Roadster851962020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona $475,000$525,000
1938 BMW 328852152014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,200,000$1,400,000
1938 BMW 327/328 Cabriolet742662011 Bonhams Power by BMW BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Related Automobilia $225,000$275,000
1938 BMW 327/328 Cabriolet742662011 Bonhams Power by BMW $225,000$275,000
1938 BMW 328 Roadster 2010 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $375,000$450,000

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1938 BMW 328 Profiles

1938 BMW 328 vehicle information
1938 BMW 328 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 85288
1938 BMW 328 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 85144
Engine #: 85144