BMW 320

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BMW 320
1938 BMW 320 cabriolet
AssemblyGermany: Eisenach
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Body style2-door saloon
2-door cabriolet
LayoutFR layout
RelatedBMW 315, BMW 329 (suspension)
BMW 326 (engine, chassis)[1]
Engine1971 cc OHV M78 straight-6
Transmission4-speed manual[2][3]
Wheelbase2,750 mm (108.3 in)[2][1]
Length4,500 mm (177.2 in)[2]
Width1,540 mm (60.6 in)[2]
Height1,500 mm (59.1 in)[2]
Kerb weight1,000 kg (2,204.6 lb)[2]
PredecessorBMW 329
SuccessorBMW 321

The BMW 320 was a car manufactured by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG also known as BMW in Germany from 1937 to 1938, the successor to the 319-based BMW 329. It was offered in 2 door saloon and convertible versions. Approximately 4,200 cars were made, of which 1,835 were cabriolets. [4]

BMW 320 cabriolet interior

The car was first presented in July 1937. It showed a very similar resemblance to the 329. It was a high performance car with many admirers. The 320 was built on a shortened BMW 326 frame and used a 326 engine with a single carburettor and an output of 45 hp (34 kW). The 320 had a top speed of 65mph. The suspension, which was carried over from the 329, consisted of an independent front suspension with a high-mounted transverse leaf spring acting as upper control arms and a conventional live axle on semi-elliptic springs at the rear. It had a slightly greater displacement 6-cylinder engine. It was available as a two-door sedan or two-door convertible and stayed until 1938. The BMW 320 was smaller, less expensive, and lighter than its predecessor. It offered easy handling, a fine finish, and a good power-to-weight ratio.[1]

The 320 was replaced by the BMW 321 in 1938.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f " 1937 BMW 320 Saloon". 2008-04-03. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  3. ^ " 1937 BMW 320 Specifications". Daniel Vaughan. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  4. ^ BMW 320, Archived 2019-09-01 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 9 December 2016