This Exquisite Piece of Automotive History Is Still Rolling

Let's hope we all age as gracefully as this 77-year-old BMW

By Evan Bleier

 
This Exquisite Piece of Automotive History Is Still Rolling
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16 August 2016

In most cases, age and speed go in opposite directions. As one goes up, the other goes down.

This 1939 BMW 328 is not your standard case.

Built almost eight decades ago and still going strong, a ’39 328 that will be offered at auction with no reserve beginning on Friday, has been racing for decades and last competed in 2012.

The car — which has a rebuilt proper-period engine that’s been equipped with a Volvo synchromesh gearbox for improved power — has been meticulously maintained and still remains in competitive racing condition.  

One of only 464 328s that were ever produced, the car could do 0-60 in 8.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 110 MPH in the late ‘30s, numbers that have surely only gotten better with age.

“It is ideally prepared for further tours or racing, and though not a show car by Concours standards, would present proudly at any gathering of sports car enthusiasts,” Sotheby’s says.

The auction house expects the car to fetch anywhere from $700,000 to $900,000 and, judging by past 328 sale prices, that could actually be a steal. Like the car, the bidding will be fast.

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