1. 1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet

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Lot Number
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1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $220,000 - $250,000
CHASSIS NO: DRF76797
• 1 of only 482 produced
• Streamlined European Art Deco design
• Single ownership for 37 years
• Handsomely restored in tasteful and elegant colors

1,971 cc OHV six-cylinder engine rated at 55 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 108.3”


Throughout the decades, every nation has taken their own interpretation of style and design. The elegant French cars from Delahaye and Delage never fail to woo the crowds with their graceful and flowing lines and the elegant lines of a coach built British Rolls-Royces are also a thing of beauty. Holding court with the best are the fine cars from Germany. With such great marques as Horch and Mercedes-Benz, German cars have always held a remarkable design element while also carrying some of the finest engineering in the world. One such car that epitomizes the sophistication of craftsmanship and artwork is the BMW 327 Cabriolet. Set on a 108-inch wheelbase, its lines literally define the perfect proportions of a motorcar. Sweeping and bulbous fenders, a long nose with a short rear deck, a split front windshield, and a laid-back grille made for a car that was pleasing to the eyes from any angle. Perhaps the only thing better than looking at a 327 was driving one.

The early history of this 327 is traced back to the early 1980s when the current owner heard from a friend about the prospective sale of a 1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet in California. After some negotiations, a deal was struck that called for delivery of the car to Indiana. A mishap along the way involving a flat tire resulted in slight damage, but the BMW still found its way to Indiana where it sat in an outbuilding for a decade before work commenced on its restoration. It was during this time that the owner attended the annual AACA meets in Hershey, Pennsylvania every year in search of parts. He even made up a sign that read, “Wanted 1939 BMW Parts & Literature.” It took some years but, when all the parts were acquired, it was time to bring the BMW back to life. Work commenced in 1990 and took a full five years to finish, and the BMW was ready in 1995. It has since spent the last two decades at various shows, but was not driven regularly in order to preserve its pristine condition. Finished in a regal burgundy, this BMW 327 carries an air of distinction that is usually reserved for only the finest German cars. In fact, it’s not hard to picture a fine Horch or a Mercedes-Benz 540K in the same color. Riding on a nimble 108-inch wheelbase, the 327 is great handling car that drives with ease and it’s not hard to imagine this car on an extended tour. Power comes from a 1,971-cc overhead cam six-cylinder engine with 55 horsepower - just enough to make driving a pleasure, but not overbearing on the back roads. The exquisite interior of this 327 features a smart and simplistic dashboard design that’s beautifully restored and easy to see at a glance. The upholstery is finished in fine burgundy leather and, as a car from the 1930s, it has a degree of sophistication that exemplifies the spirit of the day.

The heritage and history of BMW is proudly displayed in this 327 that is handsomely restored and more than ready for the open road. As a car that represents the foundation of this great manufacturer, it is a rolling piece of art that can sit on the show field with many fine cars from around the world. For a car that’s just a bit different from the ordinary and sure to be the only one on the field, this 1939 BMW 327, with its fine restoration, superbly displays the true heritage of one of the eras finest car builders.

1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet
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