BMW recreates the body beautiful
DISCUSSION point: BMW has never matched the beauty of the 328 – celebrating its 75th birthday this year.
It came from an era of graceful shapes, design optimism and imaginative engineering using a tubular space frame and hemispherical combustion chambers in the 2-litre straight-six engine.
The 328 was lighter than its peers, more aerodynamic, cleverly sprung and had a good power-to-weight ratio.
After the Second World War, Bristol and Frazer Nash copied the design.
A 328 Touring Coupé held the record for the highest average speed on the Mille Miglia (103.6mph) and returned last year to win the historic revival race.
Last weekend, at the Concorso d’Eleganza, held at the splendid Villa d’Este hotel on Lake Como, BMW showed a 328 Hommage alongside the original.
It is a startling re-take on the gorgeous 1930s’ shape but looks like becoming no more than a conceptual promise.
“I wish we would make it but it’s just a concept,” said BMW’s Krystyna Kozlowska, who works at its UK HQ.
DOUBLE TAKE: BMW’s stylish 328 lines up alongside the Hommage.