BMW Classic commissions remanufacture of orginal BMW 328 gearbox

BMW Classic has commissioned the remanufacture of gear-wheel kits for the original Hurth gearbox installed in the BMW 328. This is a further indication of BMW Classic’s commitment to maintaining the brand heritage and reaffirms its objective that original parts can be used in BMW classics and indeed that this should be the case. At the moment, fully synchronised gearboxes or gearboxes that have been continually modified over the years are installed in the BMW 328. The first and second gears in the original Hurth gearbox from the 1930s were not synchronised while the third and fourth gears were synchronised.

BMW Classic has commissioned automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG – a proven gearbox specialist – to solve this tricky task. Specialists from the archive and the restoration workshop of BMW Classic as well as external specialists in the field of the BMW 328 have joined forces with the gearbox development engineers from Friedrichshafen to work on getting closer to the original status from the 1930s. The biggest challenge was establishing the actual status of the original because after more than 70 years, all the existing gearboxes have been subject to modifications and optimisations. The resources required are such that ZF Friedrichshafen AG has given the project a similar status to that of a prototype construction for modern gearboxes.

The first prototypes have already been installed in the works vehicles of BMW Group Classic. During the course of the year, they will undergo endurance testing at a variety of driving events. BMW Classic is anticipating deliveries to customers at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

BMW Group Classic now offering online shop for replacement parts. 
Since 1 February 2012 customers have been able to search for and order parts for classic BMW models online at The site also offers information on the use of individual parts in the brand’s various model series. Stocking around 40,000 car and motorcycle parts, the online shop represents “the next phase in the realignment of BMW Group Classic and the logical next step in providing customer satisfaction and customer-oriented service,” explains Ralf Vierlein, Head of Sales and Aftersales at BMW Group Classic. The online service is only available to customers in Germany at present, but is set to be rolled out across the European market as a whole from 1 April 2012. Parts service representatives will be on hand in Stuttgart to demonstrate how the shop works, as well as providing advice and assistance with ordering parts.

Retro Classics Show, Stuttgart

Following its successful debut appearance in 2011, BMW Group Classic is returning to the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart this year with an array of visitor highlights. In the spotlight alongside the range of services offered by the BMW Classic Center – including restoration of historic customer-owned BMW models – in 2012 are the new BMW shop for replacement parts, historic motor sport (touring car racing, in particular) and a showcase of the various BMW 3 Series generations. “We’re delighted to be presenting the broad scope of our work at the Retro Classics show once again this year,” says Karl Baumer, Director BMW Group Classic. Experts from BMW Group Classic will be available at the BMW Classic event trailer to answer questions and respond to feedback from visitors. And the numerous and extremely dedicated BMW clubs will also add their own flavour to BMW’s Retro Classics stand.

The BMW 3 Series: milestones in the development of a legend.
The BMW 3 Series is now entering its sixth generation. And what better time for the Retro Classics show to host an exhibition focusing on the history of the world’s highest-selling premium car and heartbeat of the BMW brand. Over 12 million units of the 3 Series have been sold since it was first launched in 1975, creating a new segment. And it has been regarded as the quintessential compact sports sedan ever since.

Imposing icons: BMW touring cars.

This year BMW will compete in the DTM race series for the first time since 1994. And BMW Group Classic is using the occasion to present BMW’s history in motor sport in general – and touring car racing in particular – to the assembled audience. Selected BMW racing cars, including the BMW 1800 TISA, BMW 635CSi Group A, BMW 320i STW-Cup and McLaren F1 STR from 1997, illustrate key moments in BMW’s successful motor racing tradition since the 1960s. 

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