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BMW 326

BMW cars archive - the 1930's

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After modest beginnings with the Dixi's successor, the BMW 3/15 PS, BMW had much better quality and more spacious cars in its sales programme from 1933 onwards. The four- and six-cylinder 303, 309, 315 and 319 models only differed very slightly, however, in the body design.


1936 - 1941 BMW 326 Technical Specifications
Type
4 door saloon, 2 door and 4 door cabriolets
Engine
Code
-
Displacement
1971cc
Cylinders
6
Fuel type
Gasoline
Power
37kW | 50HP
Torque@RPM
-
Performance
Top Speed
115km/h | 71mph
Acceleration
0-100km/h
0-60mph

-
Fuel Consumption (l/100km | mpg)
City
-
Highway
-
Combined
12.5 | 18.8

Dimensions
Length
4600mm
Width
1600mm
Height
1650mm

General
Units produced
10096 saloons/sedans; 4075 two-door convertibles; 1083 four-door convertibles; 619 chassis for special bodywork
Cost at production start
5,500 Reichsmarks (saloon version) - 7,300 Reichsmarks (four-door convertible version)

Source for technical specifications: BMW Group Archive.

Despite a more sporting overall conception, they still belonged very much in the lower midsize class. In order to satisfy customer requirements for more comfort and prestige, a large, four-door saloon was developed from 1935 onwards. The existing 1.9-litre, six-cylinder inline engine was modified with a slightly larger bore to yield a two-litre, 50-horsepower engine. Whereas the chassis and driveline were produced in Eisenach, the all-steel bodies with "modern" kidney-shaped grille for the new 326 saloon were built at the Ambi-Budd plant in Berlin. For the first time the body and sub-frame for this model were welded together at BMW. In its overall conception, this fast touring car, which could reach a top speed of 115 km/h, was conceived for comfort rather than sports-style performance. Two- and four-door convertibles were developed by the Autenrieth company in Darmstadt. Several well-known coachbuilders created luxury, individual open-topped cars on the BMW 326 chassis - very often one-off vehicles. The new BMW midsize car was exhibited at the Berlin Motor Show in February 1936 and series production began in May.

The BMW 326, which according to the type of body cost between 5,500 Reichsmarks (saloon) and 7,300 Reichsmarks (four-door convertible), was enthusiastically received by the public and quickly developed into BMW's most successful pre-war model.

Source: BMW Group Archive

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