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1939 BMW 328 Roadster / 85446 Vehicle Information

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

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Sold for $621,000 at 2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
The BMW 328 was available from late summer of 1936 and 1939, with 464 examples built. It is believed that fewer than 200 exist today.

The BMW had a tubular chassis, transverse-leaf independent front suspension, and live rear axle of the 319. The cylinder block and hydraulic brakes were from the 326. The stylistic elements were courtesy of the 391/1 Sport and 329. BMW's Chief Engineer Fritz Fiedler utilized both lightness and stiffness making the 328 a modern sports car. The six-cylinder engine featured a new cylinder head, designed by Rudolf Schleicher, which incorporated hemispherical combustion chambers and inclined valves without recourse to overhead, or twin camshafts. The Type 326, 1971cc engine's single, block-mounted camshaft and pushrod valve actuation were retained. Two rocker shafts were employed, one situated above each bank of valves. The 328 engine offering 80 horsepower which was a tremendous accomplishment for a normally aspirated 2.0-liter unit at that time.

This particular example is believed to have been built in 1939, in the final production year for the model. It made its way to the United States after World War II and then owned by California-based collectors. By the 1980s, the car was in the care of Sherman Oaks, California resident Mr. Gary A. Engel, before being purchased in 1988 by its current owner.

The car has an older and aged restoration. Both the chassis and engine are stamped with the same number 85446, which would indicate that they are indeed the matching units, although the stamping on the engine block looks as it could have been altered.

During the past three decades, the car has seen little use. The engine is a 1971cc overhead valve inline 6-cylinder unit fitted with three Solex Downdraft carburetors and offers 80 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2018


2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $850,000 
Sale Price :
USD $621,000

1939 BMW 328 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1939 sales)
1939 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: 85351
Sold for USD$500,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1939 BMW 328 image  1939 BMW 328 image  
1939 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: 85446
Sold for USD$621,000
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1939 BMW 328 image  1939 BMW 328 image  
1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Sports by Leacroft
Chassis#: 85427
Sold for USD$825,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1939 BMW 328 image  1939 BMW 328 image  
1939 BMW 328
Chassis#: 85351
Sold for USD$550,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1939 BMW 328 image  1939 BMW 328 image  
1939 BMW 327/28 Coupe
Chassis#: 74509
Sold for USD$176,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1939 BMW 328 image  1939 BMW 328 image  
1939 BMW 327/28 Sport Cabriolet
Chassis#: 74590
Sold for USD$176,000
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
 
1939 BMW 328 Roadster
Chassis#: 85406
Sold for USD$539,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1939 BMW 328 image  1939 BMW 328 image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1939 BMW 328's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1939 BMW 328 Roadster853512020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey $500,000$600,000
1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster854112019 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale $650,000$850,000
1939 BMW 328 Roadster Re-creation85345RC2013 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia   

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Wendler
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 56553

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 85014
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 85021

Chassis information for the BMW 328 Mille Miglia
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85032
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85095
Engine Num: 85095

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Autenrieth
Chassis Num: 85112
Engine Num: 85112
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 85135
Engine Num: 85209

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis Num: 85167
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1937 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85337

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85123
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85144
Engine Num: 85144

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85244
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85251

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1938 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85288
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Roadster
Engine Num: 85377

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Touring
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Coupe
Chassis Num: 74509

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85351
Engine Num: 361954
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85406

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Sports Roadster
Coachbuilder: Leacroft
Chassis Num: 85427
Engine Num: 85427
Chassis information for the BMW 328
1939 Roadster
Chassis Num: 85446
Engine Num: 85446

Chassis information for the BMW 328
1941 Millie Miglia
Coachbuilder: Touring

1939 BMW 328

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