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1960 A milestone in automobile history: the BMW 328 1962 The firm grows Munich-based BMW opened a new chapter in the young history of the automobile when it launched 1964 the BMW 328 in 1936. The launch of the two-seater sports car went with a bang from the outset: the 1966 world premiere did not take place during an exhibition or trade fair, but on the start line of the Eifel novations were the basis of this victory and of its subsequent popularity. These included the cleverly 1970 1968-devised aerodynamic and at the same time elegant lines and the systematic lightweight construction. race at the Nürburgring – which the 328 won at the first attempt. Numerous groundbreaking in 1972 This was important not only for the especially light tubular frame, but also the two-litre engine of the vehicle, whose cylinder head was made of aluminium. Further innovations, such as the hemispherical 1974 of up to 200 kilometres per hour to be reached. 19781976 combustion chamber, brought the racing versions of the 328 up to 135 hp, allowing a maximum speed It was no wonder, therefore, that the BMW 328 became the dream sports car of the late 1930s and went 1980 on to win more victories after its successful debut, including victory in its class at the Mille Miglia 1982 1938 and, in a special Coupé version, overall victory in 1940. 1984 The 328 was the foundation for much of what still sets the BMW marque apart today: dynamics, sporti- 1986 ness and elegant design. There is no doubt that it occupies a prominent place 1988 in the history of the car. 1990 The 328 is undeniably one of the most legendary automobiles ever built 1992 and is much coveted by collectors worldwide. 1994 1996 1998 Ray von Giesen 2000 describes the BMW 328 as the best sports 2002 car in the world. He was one of the first people to recognise 2004 the high quality and historic vehicles 2006 the “value” of these as early as the 2008 1950s. 2010 2012 2014 – 17 –


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