BMW 327 Cabriolet

The BMW 327 is a medium sized touring coupé produced by the Bavarian firm between 1937 and 1941, and again produced after 1945. It sat on a shortened version of the BMW 326 chassis. The first 327, launched in 1937, was a cabriolet. In 1938, this was joined by a fixed head coupé version. The car was shorter and lower than its sedan counterpart, but shared the famous BMW grill and a streamlined form representative of the more progressive designs of the 1930s. Mechanically, the car utilised the hydraulic brake control, gear box, clutch and front suspension system first seen on the 326, along with the live axle used on the BMW 320 and BMW 328. Also shared with the 326 was the 1971 cc straight 6 power plant, although the 327 boasted a modest power increase to 55 bhp (41 kW). The advertised top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph) constituted a useful performance advantage for the shorter car. A higher-powered model, the 327/28, was offered with the BMW 328's 80 hp (60 kW) engine. 569 of these high-powered 327s were built up to 1940. Among some enthusiasts, the 327 has subsequently been overshadowed by its more uncompromising sibling, the 80 bhp (60 kW) BMW 328 which appeared in April 1938. In its day, however, the 327 was the bigger seller, with 1,396 built between 1937 and 1941, and significant further production after 1945. Source: Wikipedia, 2011

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