In the late 1930’s, BMW’s 328 Roadster dominated the field, winning its class at the Mille Miglia and Le Mans. With its stiff yet lightweight frame and soft springing, it’s been called the first truly modern sports car. The ex Gilbert ‘Gillie’ Tyrer 1937 Franzer-Nash 328 example that Bonhams will offer at its “Power By BMW” sale in Munich on October 1st has been thoroughly restored, and comes with extensive correspondence documenting its racing history, and assorted period photographs. It’s estimated at $705,000-862,000.
Another car in the sale with an interesting race history, including outings at the Monaco Grand Prix, is the Ex-Franz Konrad/’John Winter’/Dieter Quester/ Rolf Stommelen 1979 BMW M1 Pro –car Competition Coupe, estimated at $706,000-$784,000. A number of other unusual lots grace the field, including a rare BMW concept car, a 1969 ‘Spicup’ Convertible Coupe with Targa top, for which Bonhams didn’t release an estimate, and an elegant 1958 Abbate-BMW powered mahogany sportsboat, one of only two ever produced. Rare motorcycles are also included in the sale, the most notable of which is a 1925 BMW 494cc R32, estimated at $157,000-188,000.
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