This 1939 BMW 327, just sold at auction, has quite a history in both racing and being driven all throughout Europe.
It was a big weekend for classic BMWs at the Bonham's auction, as this 1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet was sold for €143,750. According to the official auction house website, this Danish-registered example was sold new in Stockholm, Sweden on December 31st, 1939. After passing through several owners through the 1940s and 50s, before it was sold to a Danish motoring journalist and photographer who reportedly toured Europe with it and even crossed the Alps several times. In addition, he also raced throughout the 60s.
All told, he owned the car for 38 years after nearly driving it into the ground. In fact, the 327 was unable to pass the required roadworthiness inspection and that Danish owner finally decided to buy a new car. Sold again in 1997, its new owner bought the car on the condition that it would be restored and not broken down for spare parts. The new owner kept his word and the restoration was completed in 2009. Powered by a 1,971cc pushrod six with 55hp and mated to a four-speed manual transmission, new engine components were required which had to be brought in from Germany. The full engine rebuild took place in Denmark.
This pre-war BMW 327 clearly has an amazing history with its past owners. We hope that it's once again put to good use and driven throughout Europe instead of permanently sitting idle in a private collection. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.