BMW 328

Fritz Fiedler designed the BMW 328, a sports car made by BMW between 1936 and 1940. This car was way ahead of the technology curve at the time. It featured items such as a tubular space frame and a hemispherical combustion chamber engine. These special additions earned it much praise for its performance and handling. In fact, the 328 certainly earned these positive reviews seeing that it won many races including the prestigious Mille Miglia. It took home top awards in its class in 1938 and was the outright winner in 1940 ' note that the winning car was built on a streamlined body. Additionally, the car won the RAC Rally in 1939 and came in fifth overall in the 1939 Le Mans 24 hours. The equipment under the hood has made this an impressive car to drive. The engine has hemispherical or cross flow combustion chambers and the intake valves are opened by the usual overhead valve push rod set-up of a side cam, push rods and rocker arms. Furthermore, the exhaust valves, on the opposite side of the cylinder head, are opened by the same camshaft, vertical push rods, rocker arms, horizontal push rods and a second set of rocker arms. These components are exactly what made the 328 so impressive in the late 30s. It seems, and is widely accepted that the BMW 328 was a major influence on the Jaguar XK120, which was released in 1948. The 3 Series continued its rise to fame and claims the title of BMW's best selling automobile. Financial officials can thank the series for nearly 40% of all automobiles sold by the company in the year 2005. Amazing as it is that the series is even still in existence so many years later. Furthermore, Americans seem to love the series, given that it is the best selling luxury sedan in the United States, with sales exceeding 98,000 units in 2005.