1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet / 74582 Vehicle Information

1939 BMW 327 photograph

1939 BMW 327 photograph

1939 BMW 327 photograph

1939 BMW 327 photograph

1939 BMW 327 photograph

1939 BMW 327 photograph

1939 BMW 3271939 BMW 3271939 BMW 3271939 BMW 3271939 BMW 3271939 BMW 327
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 74582
Engine #: 1111864
Sold for $220,000 at 2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours.
A decade after coming into existence, The Bayerische Motoren Werke Company began building its first automobile. They began life as an aero engine manufacturer and was purchased in 1928 by the Dixi Werke of Eisenach and continued to manufacture the smallest Dixi product, a license-built version of the Austin Seven. In January of 1929, the company adopted the BMW badge for these cars.

The first true BMW was introduced in 1933 - the six-cylinder 303. It had a twin-tube frame and abandoned the rear swing axles of the prior cars in favor of a conventional live axle. In the front was a transverse-leaf independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. The overhead-valve, four-bearing engine provided the platform for the more potent and sporty models to follow.

In 1938, the 327 sports-tourer was introduce don a shortened, boxed, ladder-type chassis of the 326 saloon, shared by the 320, but without the torsion bars - instead, opting for a semi-elliptic rear spring setup. The gearbox was a Hurth four-speed manual unit with freewheel between 1st and 2nd gears, enabling clutch-less gear changes at low speeds. Hydraulic brakes could be found at all four corners.

By this point, BMW's pushrod six-cylinder engine had been enlarged to 1,972cc and offered 55 horsepower in the 327. It could also be ordered with the 328 sports car's 80 horsepower unit at an additional cost.

This particular example is a 327/328 Cabriolet that was discovered on Long Island in the 1980s. Since that time, it has been given a restoration over the last two decades.

The car was originally delivered to local German Agency 'Michel' on May 4th of 1939. It was sold in dark blue and black with a blue leather interior. Currently it wears a lighter two tone blue color scheme.

The car is powered by a 1,971cc overhead valve 6-cylinder engine fitted with 3 Solex Downdraft carburetors and offering 80 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2017


2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $220,000

2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $325,000 
Lot was not sold

1939 BMW 327 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 BMW 327 Coupé
Chassis#: 73149
Sold for USD$100,127
  2019 The Saragga Collection
 
1939 BMW 327/328 Sports Cabriolet
Chassis#: 74626
Sold for USD$241,385
  2019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1939 BMW 327/28 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 74208
Sold for USD$264,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet
Chassis#: DRF76797
Sold for USD$253,000
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
 
1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 74582
Sold for USD$220,000
  2017 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1939 BMW 327 image  1939 BMW 327 image  
1939 BMW 327 SPORT CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 73897
Sold for USD$90,000
  2015 Keno Brothers : NY Auto
 
1939 BMW 327 Sport Cabriolet
Chassis#: 73754
Sold for USD$255,263
  2013 Coys - Techno Classica
 
1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 74023
Sold for USD$143,750
  2011 Bonhams - Power by BMW - BMW Powered Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Related Automobilia
 
1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 74023
Sold for USD$192,381
  2011 Bonhams - Power by BMW
 
1939 BMW 327 Roadster
Chassis#: 73962
Sold for USD$88,000
  2005 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 BMW 327's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 BMW 327/328 Sports Cabriolet743562019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $200,000$270,000
1939 BMW 327/328 CABRIOLET745822017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ $250,000$325,000
1939 BMW 327/80 Cabriolet744972015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the BMW 3271938 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 73234
Engine Num: 73234
Chassis information for the BMW 3271938 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 73272
Chassis information for the BMW 3271939 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 74582
Engine Num: 1111864
Chassis information for the BMW 3271941 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 87279


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