MAY 28th 2014

Cars that rock Villa d’Este: 1937 BMW 328

Judge Hideo Kodama agrees with us that this car rocked Villa d’Este, describing it as ‘one of the most interesting here’ and ‘a Zeppelin for the road’.

Compere Simon Kidston described the two-litre, six-cylinder 328 as ‘a giant-killer’: another custom-bodied 328 won the Mille Miglia in 1940 in the hands of Hanstein and Baumer, and this car was commissioned by Hans Klemmer from coachbuilder Wendler Wagenfabrik for the Berlin to Rome road race.

Its triple front headlamps and curved split windscreen were groundbreaking, and the complex curves of its aluminium bodywork are still striking. Underneath, the car has the 328’s usual spaceframe chassis. Just 464 examples of this 328 were built, and just one other in a similar style which now resides in the Deutsches Museum in Munich.



Photography: Richard Pardon

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