BMW recre­ates the body beau­ti­ful

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

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.

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