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BMW launched, in contrast to the stylistically slightly outdated 319 and 329, a very modern car in 1936 in the form of the new, four-door 326 model. This car penetrated the upper midsize class and whetted the appetites of customers with more modest budgets for new BMW models.


1937 - 1938 BMW 320 Technical Specifications
Type
2 door saloon and convertible
Engine
Code
-
Displacement
1971cc
Cylinders
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Power
34kW | 45HP
Torque@RPM
-
Performance
Top Speed
115km/h | 71mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

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

Dimensions
Length
4500mm
Width
1540mm
Height
1500mm

General
Units produced
2416 saloons/sedans; 1635 four-light convertibles; 135 chassis for special bodywork
Cost at production start
5,250 Reichsmarks (convertible version)

Source for technical specifications: BMW Group Archive.

To satisfy these wishes, BMW presented the new Type 320 in July 1937. The new, light car had, like all the saloons, an all-steel body built by Ambi-Budd in Berlin. With a slightly shorter wheelbase, the new light car had strong similarities with the BMW 326 and was offered exclusively with two doors hinged at the front, a highly modern feature at the time. On the technical side, the engine and the axle design were based on the previous model, the BMW 319. From October 1937, onwards, the BMW 320 was fitted with a single-carburettor engine with a slightly larger displacement of 1,971 cc. The output remained the same at 45 horsepower. The BMW 320 was available in this form until December 1938: the customer could choose between the two-door saloon and a two-door, four-window convertible from the factory. In addition, as was usual then, a chassis complete with engine could be ordered for special bodywork.

Source: BMW Group Archive

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