Monday, August 16, 2010

1937 BMW 328

A BMW 328 was sold at an RM Auction held in Monaco earlier this month. The historically significant BMW eventually achieved $5.6 million ($7.9 million NZ) in a post-bidding sale.

The 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia ‘Buegelfalte’ once ran in the famous 1937 Le Mans race.

The car chassis number 85032 has a fascinating history and was a one-of-a-kind roadster built by the Bavarian automaker in 1937. The vehicle was returned to the BMW factory outside of Munich in the fall of 1939 for extensive re-engineering. During the war it was in the possession of Albert Speer – a Third Reich minister and close advisor to Hitler, after the war was seized by the Russians. It was gifted to industrialist Artiom Ivanovich Mikoyan, creator of the MiG fighter jet, but he apparently traded it for a Lada.

More recently, Tom Fischer Classic & Race Car Service came into possession of the car and did a substantial amount of restoration work to get it ready for its big day at auction.

The new buyer of the BMW 328 is a mystery.