In yesterday's blog, I wrote about the 1937 BMW 328 MM Roadster, a rare classic car that will be up for auction at the RM Auctions' upcoming event in Monaco on May 1. We got a glammed-up look at this collectors' car and learned a little about why this car is much sought after, but I wanted to dig even deeper on what makes this Roadster so significant. With that in mind, today's clip is all about the history and technology behind the making of the famous BMW 328.
This car, conceived in 1936, was designed to be a touring-type vehicle, but it eventually became popular as a racecar. This is partially because the BMW architects who had previously put together post-war airplanes in Germany applied the same philosophy to this automobile as they had with the planes. It was all centered on its lightweight chassis, which could enhance vehicle performance and fuel efficiency. The chassis was light enough that it could realistically be picked up and held by a reasonably strong person. The video covers how revolutionary it was at the time to construct a vehicle with a purposefully light chassis among other impressive (for the time) attributes such as its engine, handling, miles per hour, design, and aesthetics. It's neat stuff, so check it out.