|(1936 to 1940)|
Alex von Falkenhausen
|Body and chassis|
|Related||BMW 319/1 (steering and suspension)
BMW 326 (brakes, engine block)
|Engine||1,971 cc M328 straight-6|
|Wheelbase||2,400 mm (94.5 in)|
|Length||3,900 mm (153.5 in)|
|Width||1,550 mm (61.0 in)|
|Height||1,400 mm (55.1 in)|
|Curb weight||830 kg (1,830 lb)|
The BMW 328 is a sports car made by BMW between 1936 and 1940, with the body design credited to Peter Szymanowski, who became BMW chief of design after World War II (although technically the car was designed by Fritz Fiedler).
|Engine||straight-6 OHV (light alloy cylinder head)|
|Displacement||1,971 cc (1.971 L; 120.3 cu in) (66 mm (2.6 in) Bore × 96 mm (3.8 in) Stroke)|
|Compression ratio||7,5 : 1|
|Fuel feed||3 Solex 30 JF downdraft carburetor|
|Power||80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp)@5000rpm|
|Valve train||Pushrod OHV, side cam shaft driven by duplex chain|
|Fuel capacity||50 L (13 US gal; 11 imp gal) (if needed 100 L (26 US gal; 22 imp gal) possible)|
|Cooling||Pump (7,5 l water)|
|Chassis||Aluminium body and steel ladder frame|
|Suspension front||swing axle with transverse leaf springs|
|Suspension rear||live axle with leaf springs|
|Shock absorbers||Hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Brakes||280 mm (11 in)-diameter hydraulic drum brakes|
|Wheelbase||2,400 mm (94 in)|
|Track||1,153 mm (45.4 in)/1,220 mm (48 in)|
|External dimensions||3,900 mm (150 in) × 1,550 mm (61 in) × 1,400 mm (55 in)|
|Tires||5.25 or 5.50–16|
|Unloaded weight||830 kg (1,830 lb)|
|Top speed:||150 km/h (93 mph)|
In 1999 the BMW 328 was named one of 25 finalists for Car of the Century by a worldwide panel of automotive journalists.
The 328 was introduced at the Eifelrennen race at the Nürburgring in 1936, where Ernst Henne drove it to win the 2.0 litre class. The 328 had more than 100 class wins in 1937, including the RAC Tourist Trophy, the Österreichische Alpenfahrt, and the La Turbie hillclimb. In 1938, the 328 won its class at Le Mans, the RAC Tourist Trophy, the Alpine Rally, and the Mille Miglia.
The 328 won the RAC Rally in 1939 and came in fifth overall and first in class in the 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In 1938, BMW 328 became a class winner in Mille Miglia.
In 1940, the Mille Miglia Touring Coupe won the Mille Miglia with an average speed of 166.7 km/h (103.6 mph).
In 2004, the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe became the first car to win both the Mille Miglia (1940) and the modern-day classical version of the race.
Mille Miglia bmw 328
After the Second World War, the manufacturing plant in Eisenach where the 328 had been built found itself in the Russian occupation zone, and automobile manufacturing in Eisenach would follow a state directed path until German Reunification in 1989.
Influence on Bristol
One of the Mille Miglia 328s (disguised as a Frazer Nash) and BMW's technical plans for the car were taken from the bombed BMW factory by English representatives from the Bristol Aeroplane Company and Frazer Nash companies. Fiedler, the BMW engineer, was persuaded to come, too. Bristol Cars was set up to build complete cars, called Bristols, and would also supply engines to Frazer Nash for all their post-war cars. The first Bristol car, the 400, was heavily based on the BMW plans. This Bristol engine was also an option in AC cars, before the Cobra.
1937 BMW 328 side view