Rare aero-bodied BMW 328 expected to make big money in Germany

| 6 Aug 2013

A 1938 BMW/AFM 328 is estimated to make €350-380,000 as a long list of classic racers goes under the hammer at Coys’ 10 August Nürburgring sale.

Just 462 examples of the 328 were built and this car, which features a body by Alex von Falkenhausen, is even more sought after.

Chassis 85239 was delivered in 1938, being extensively campaigned until the outbreak of WW2 left it trapped in Hungary.

Some five years later – after the war had slowed new-car development – the BMW was taken to von Falkenhausen’s workshop, where its aerodynamic body was fitted.

The car was sold to Günther Bechem, who raced it extensively before passing it on to a Berlin family, prior to its current keepers, the Franzkes, snapping it up.

The car was treated to a huge restoration in 2005 – recently raced at Spa for more than an hour with no problems – and is only up for sale after Mr Franzke died in a hunting accident.

A 1946 Lancia Aprilia Riva Spider – one of two built – is another classic set to wow the crowds as it crosses the block carrying an estimate of €105-120,000.Two Aprilia Chassis were sold to little-known coachbuilder Carrozzeria Riva and the company built one stunning cabriolet at the time, but left the other unused until the 1980s when the decision was made to produce a second car.Made by Signor Riva from the same factory drawings, the second car – the one being sold – was completed in the early ’80s, but features an Aprilia engine rather than the Pagani-prepared head version of the original.

The sale covers everything from a 1968 McLaren M6 GT Can-Am car (€325-375,000) to a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo Carrozzeria Barbini (€250-300,000) and Michael Schumacher’s first point-scoring F1 machine (above, POA).View the full lot list on Coys' website.