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1939 BMW 328 Roadster / 85351 Vehicle Information

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

1939 BMW 328 photograph

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Sold for $550,000 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
Sold for $500,000 at 2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona.
BMW entered automobile production in 1929 after they acquired the German firm Dixi, which was building licensed version of the four-cylinder Austin 7. A few years later, in 1932, they began developing its first inline six-cylinder engine, which initially offered 40 horsepower. It was continually improved and gradually enlarged over the years that followed, receiving its most important upgrade in 1936 with the application of a new hemispherical head with lateral inclined intake valve and crossover push-rods for the exhaust. Horsepower rose to 80 BHP, which meant it had doubled it initial output capabilities.

The engine, now displacing two liters, was given a lightweight two-seat roadster built and a tube-frame chassis with an independent front wishbone suspension setup. Introduced as the BMW 328 in April of 1936, it was used by the company in racing endeavors, with chassis number 85001 debuting to a 1st overall finished at the Eifelrennen Nürburgring where it was piloted by Ernst Henne. The first customer car was delivered a year later, in April of 1937.

In 1938, the 328 won around 125 events, including 1-2-3 finishes at the Mille Miglia, International Avusrunnen, GP des Frontières, and two victories at the Nürburgring. At Le Mans in 1939, a three-car team entry finished 5th, 7th, and 9th. At the 1940 Mille Miglia, the team cars finished 1st and 3rd, and privateers finished 5th and 6th.

By September of 1939, BMW had produced 464 examples of the 328.

The early history of this particular BMW 328 is not known and remains a mystery. By the late 1980s, it was in the care of Ralph Day of California. He frequently entered the roadster in major events, including the 1988 Mille Miglia Storica, and the 8th Interstate Batteries Great American Race in 1990, a Gumball Rally style coast-to-coast marathon that ran from Westchester County, New York, to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

The current caretaker acquired the car in 1996. Since that time, the 328 has participated in several editions of the California Mille and the Colorado Grand. The car competed in the Monterey Historics in 1999, 2000, 2005, 2011, and 2012; and ran in the Classic Sport Racing Group's Thunderhill in 1999 and 2000; and at Concord Hill in 1999. It also appeared at the 2000 Sears Point Wine Classic, the 2007 Wine Country Classic, and the 2012 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.

This BMW has a period BMW engine in 328 configuration with later updates for improved power and reliability. It has been given a Volvo synchromesh gearbox, although the original unit remains with the car. It has a driver's-side racing windscreen, and again, it is accompanied with the more traditional two-piece windshield. It has a convertible soft-top, tonneau cover, and a pair of rear-wheel skirts.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2016


2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $475,000-USD $550,000 
Sale Price :
USD $500,000

2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $600,000 
Lot was not sold

2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $550,000

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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