EUR 9,500JPY 1,179,615BGN 18,580CZK 258,609DKK 70,687GBP 8,614HUF 3,459,615PLN 43,532RON 46,303SEK 98,437CHF 10,179ISK 1,566,550NOK 103,719HRK 71,989RUB 861,100TRY 89,697AUD 15,749BRL 62,749CAD 14,785CNY 75,199HKD 87,291IDR 165,397,280ILS 38,030INR 829,583KRW 12,715,940MXN 235,154MYR 46,826NZD 16,818PHP 545,186SGD 15,285THB 352,032ZAR 182,310
Offered for: EUR 9,500
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.
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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