World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Bmw 327

Article Id: WHEBN0015718765
Reproduction Date:

Title: Bmw 327  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: BMW 340, List of BMW vehicles, BMW 326, History of BMW, WikiProject Automobiles/Templates/Timelines
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Bmw 327

BMW/EMW 327
Overview
Manufacturer Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW)
Production 1937–1941
1,965 built[1]
1946–1955
505 built[2]
Assembly Eisenach, Germany
Eisenach, East Germany
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door cabriolet
Layout FR layout
Related BMW 326
BMW 328
Bristol 400
Powertrain
Engine 1971 cc OHV Straight 6
Transmission 4 speed manual[3]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108 in)
Length 4,500 mm (180 in)
Width 1,600 mm (63 in)
Height 1,430 mm (56 in)
Curb weight 1,100 kg (2,400 lb)
(measurements approximate)
Chronology
Successor EMW 327
BMW 503

The BMW 327 is a medium sized touring coupé produced by the Bavarian firm between 1937 and 1941,[3] and again produced after 1945. It sat on a shortened version of the BMW 326 chassis.

Launch

The first 327, launched in 1937, was a cabriolet. In 1938, this was joined by a fixed head coupé version. The car was shorter and lower than its sedan counterpart, but shared the famous BMW grill and a streamlined form representative of the more progressive designs of the 1930s.

Technical

Mechanically, the car utilised the hydraulic brake control, gear box, clutch and front suspension system first seen on the BMW 326, along with the live axle used on the BMW 320 and BMW 328. The BMW M78 straight-6 engine was used. The advertised top speed was 125 km/h (78 mph).

A higher-powered model, the 327/28, was offered with the M328 engine. 569 of these high-powered 327/28 cars were built up to 1940.[1]

Commercial

Among some enthusiasts, the 327 has subsequently been overshadowed by its more uncompromising sibling, the 80 bhp (60 kW) BMW 328 which appeared in April 1938. In its day, however, the 327 was the bigger seller, with 1,396 base engined versions built between 1937 and 1941,[1] and significant further production after 1945.

Afterlife

EMW 327, manufactured after the settlement of the name/badge dispute

During the 1930s, Eisenach was the centre of BMW’s automobile manufacturing. In 1945, Eisenach was occupied by United States forces. However, the wartime allies had already agreed that Thuringia would fall within the Soviet occupation zone. BMW's automobile factory in Eisenach was not fully destroyed, and assembly of the 327 resumed. Clear production figures are hard to obtain, but many of the 327s surviving with collectors into the twenty-first century were post-war products. After the war, it became clear that the Soviets would not return the Eisenach factory to BMW. BMW-branded automobiles produced between 1946 and 1951 were therefore being produced outside the control of BMW headquarters in Munich. This cause a protracted dispute concerning title to the BMW brand and other assets, but in 1952 it was determined that Eisenach-produced models such as the 327s should be badged as EMW (Eisenacher Motoren Werke) rather than as BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke). EMW changed their badge from BMW's blue and white roundel to a red and white roundel.

It is not clear how many of the post war 327s were branded as BMWs and how many as EMWs, but 505 were produced with one or other of the badges.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.