EUR 5,000JPY 651,150BGN 9,779CZK 130,080DKK 37,187GBP 4,335HUF 1,797,200PLN 22,834RON 24,612SEK 51,055CHF 5,500ISK 759,500NOK 50,838HRK 37,848RUB 459,225TRY 48,446AUD 7,826BRL 34,108CAD 7,503CNY 38,952HKD 46,238IDR 87,156,050ILS 19,650INR 448,608KRW 6,686,600MXN 120,126MYR 24,595NZD 8,473PHP 289,270SGD 7,990THB 187,895ZAR 87,114
Offered for: EUR 5,000
The car is a renovation project with an unusual history.
In 1945, Eisenach was occupied by American forces, but by then it had already been agreed between the allies that the whole of Thuringia would fall within the Soviet occupation zone: transfer of the region to the Soviets took place in July 1945. It seemed likely that BMW’s manufacturing facility would be crated up and taken by rail to the Soviet Union as part of the substantial post war reparations package. In the meantime, surviving workers returning from the war recommenced automobile production, on a very small scale, using prewar designs. Albert Seidler, the man in charge of Eisenach motor bike production, demonstrated the 321 to Marshal Zhukov and secured from him an order for five new cars.
The Russians were evidently impressed, and the plant passed under the control of “Sowjetische AG Maschinenbau Awtowelo”, a Soviet directed holding company focused on vehicle production. A further 8,996 BMW 321s are thought to have been built between 1945 and 1950. Most appear to have remained to the east of the Iron Curtain, many being taken to the Soviet Union as part of a reparations package in respect of the Second World War.
The car has no papers and the engine may be from the USSR.
Evidence also exists for exports to the west: the car was advertised in Switzerland in 1949 with a retail price of CHF 10,300. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_321
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