BMW 327/2 Sport Cabriolet

Germany’s BMW was originally an aero-engine manufacturer and fully one decade old before entering automobile production with its acquisition of Dixi Werke of Eisenach, Germany in 1928. There, Dixi continued to manufacture a license-built version of the Austin Seven. The now-iconic BMW roundel was eventually adopted in January 1929.

Growth was rapid. By 1934, BMW was building the Type 315, a 1,490 cc car available in 40 bhp, triple-carburetor tune. The 1936 Berlin Auto Show heralded the 326, BMW’s first four-door sedan, powered by a 1,971-cc, 50-bhp engine and capable of 72 mph. More streamlined than earlier BMWs, the 326 begat several variations: the 320, a cheaper four-cylinder car, and the short-chassis, six-cylinder 327, available as either a two-seat coupe or cabriolet. From 1938, an uprated engine was available in the 327, with the resulting car designated somewhat ambiguously “327/28.” Production, which continued through 1940, comprised 482 Sport Cabriolets, 86 Sport Coupes and a single bare chassis.

Postwar, BMW automobile production did not resume at Munich until 1952, when a dispute arose with the former Dixi Werke facility at Eisenach, which had resumed production of BMW’s prewar designs in Soviet-occupied East Germany. A settlement was reached, and thereafter, Eisenach’s products were badged “EMW,” short for Eisenacher Motorenwerk. This car was built in 1953 at Eisenach, among the famed 328, the popular 327 and 327/28 Cabriolets and Coupes. It is one of 505 BMW (and later renamed EMW) 327/2 Cabriolets built in the period 1949 to 1955 at Eisenach. It carries BMW badges, a BMW I.D. plate and is titled as a 1953 BMW.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

57 bhp, 1,971 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with Volvo electric overdrive, independent front suspension with transverse leaf spring, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3"

Source: RM Auctions

BMW 327/2 Sport Cabriolet