The original BMW 328 sports car is generally considered the most successful and best-looking sports car of the 1930s. This year, the car is celebrating its 75th birthday, with the festivities beginning near Lake Como at the famous Mille Miglia race. To this day, the BMW 328 Touring Coupé still holds the record for the highest average speed on the circuit and, in 2010, was again able to win the historic revival of the race.
A week after the race the two-seater's functional aesthetics will be the focus of attention at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. BMW is also paying tribute to the historic sports car with the 328 Hommage concept car.
The 328 was special because it was the first time that lightweight construction techniques were implemented. Wherever possible, the lightest, most robust materials were used, keeping the vehicle weight down to just 780kg.
In order to translate that idea to the modern day, major parts of the exterior and interior of the BMW 328 Hommage were made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Wherever the material has been used, it is also visible. Not only do the CFRP elements make a statement, the modern interpretation of the 328 is also expressed in the choice of fine leather combined with both matte and high-gloss black polished aluminum.
Inside the vehicle there are numerous details derived from motor racing, offering a hint of the BMW 328's motorsport career since the 1936 premiere of the vehicle took place on the racetrack. In its first race, the 328 beat the more powerful com-petition and dominated Europe’s racetracks in the years that followed.