StumbleUpon





Add to Technorati Favorites!

BMW 319

BMW cars archive - the 1930's

You are here: Home >> BMW cars archive >> BMW cars archive 1930's >> BMW 319

Visit also: 1931 BMW 3/15 DA 4 | 1932 BMW 3/20 PS | 1933 BMW 303 | 1934 BMW 309 | 1934 BMW 315 | 1935 BMW 3/15 Ihle Type 600 / 800

After several racing successes with the BMW 315/1 sports car, BMW felt the time was right to enter the internationally important two-litre class. The engine's swept volume was therefore increased once again to just over 1.9 litres, making 55 hp available from the triple-carburettor version. Another new model was developed from the 315 saloon as well, combining the 315's chassis and body with a new 45-hp engine with two carburettors and a displacement of 1.9 litres; this was the new BMW 319.


1934 - 1937 BMW 319 technical specifications
Type
319 Saloon, Cabriolet, Tourer, Sports/Cabriolet, (Some Frazer Nash-BMWs with English Coachwork)
319/1 Sports Roadster
Engine
Code
-
-
Displacement
1911cc
1911cc
Cylinders
6
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
33kW | 45HP
40kW | 55HP
Torque@RPM
-
-
Performance
Top Speed
116km/h | 72mph
130km/h | 81mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

-

-
Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)
City
-
-
Highway
-
-
Combined
-
-

Dimensions
Length
3900mm
3900mm
Width
1440mm
1440mm
Height
-
-

General
Units produced
6468
178 (25 rhd)
Cost at production start
-
5,800 Reichsmarks

Source for technical specifications: bmwhistoricmotorclub.co.uk.

BMW built this model in five body versions from December 1934 to the spring of 1937 with 3,029 sales accounted for by the saloon alone. The BMW 319 could be clearly recognised by the three chrome strips on the bonnet's side grilles.

The public was so impressed by the Type 315/1 that BMW decided to go ahead with small-volume series production - also influenced by the desire to boost its image in the prestigious world of motor racing. Many of the 230 BMW 315/1 Roadsters built then were successful racing cars. This soon led to the desire to produce a similar car in this class with up to two litres of swept volume, and disproportionately high international prestige. A 1.9-litre engine was thus built with an output of 55 horsepower, increased displacement and three side-draught carburettors: the 319/1 Roadster was a success as a competition car, with a top speed of 135 km/h. Only 178 cars were built between 1934 and 1936. This very exclusive vehicle, which even in the 1930s cost 5,800 Reichsmarks, is today one of the extremely rare BMW classics of the pre-war era.

In the mid-thirties, BMW offered the more powerful Type 319 for sale more or less in parallel with the Type 315. Apart from three chrome trim strips on the side vent grilles of the engine hood, the two models were identical in appearance. Apart from the saloon/sedan model there was a tourer, a sports convertible, a two-door convertible and a soft-top saloon/sedan.

BMW 319 production numbers and type of body:

  • 3029 saloons/sedans
  • 2066 two-door convertibles
  • 569 soft-top saloons/sedans
  • 75 open four-seaters
  • 238 sports convertibles
  • 491 chassis for special bodywork to be fitted
  • 178 BMW 319/1 sports roadster

Source: BMW Group Archive

Visit also: 1931 BMW 3/15 DA 4 | 1932 BMW 3/20 PS | 1933 BMW 303 | 1934 BMW 309 | 1934 BMW 315 | 1935 BMW 3/15 Ihle Type 600 / 800

back to BMW cars archive 1930