1939 BMW 321 Saloon

The BMW 321 Saloon is a rear wheel drive automobile, with its engine positioned in the front, and a 2 door saloon bodyshell. The 2 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 6 cylinder that develops 45 bhp (45.6 PS/33.6 kW) of power at 3750 rpm. Power is transmitted to the wheels through a 4 speed manual gearbox. Stated weight at the kerb is 1000 kg. Its maximum speed claimed is 109 km/h, which is 68 mph.

Pictures

Key facts

1939 BMW 321 Saloon information summary

What body style?
2 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4500 mm
How heavy?
1000 kg
What size engine?
2 litre, 1971 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
45.6 PS / 45 bhp / 33.6 kW @ 3750 rpm
How much torque?
Unknown
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 35 s
How fast?
109 km/h, 68 mph

Similar models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1910 cm3 44.6 PS 44 bhp 32.8 kW 1200 kg
sedan/​saloon FR 4P 1668 cm3 48.7 PS 48 bhp 35.8 kW 1320 kg
sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1535 cm3 42.6 PS 42 bhp 31.3 kW 1156 kg
sedan/​saloon FF 3M 1911 cm3 42.6 PS 42 bhp 31.3 kW 1040 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1486 cm3 48.7 PS 48 bhp 35.8 kW 871 kg
Lancia Aprilia Tipo 97 -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1352 cm3 46.6 PS 46 bhp 34.3 kW 850 kg
sedan/​saloon FR 1818 cm3 48.7 PS 48 bhp 35.8 kW 1360 kg
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1488 cm3 43.6 PS 43 bhp 32.1 kW 927 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1732 cm3 49.7 PS 49 bhp 36.5 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1525 cm3 43.6 PS 43 bhp 32.1 kW 1168 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1767 cm3 41.6 PS 41 bhp 30.6 kW 1080 kg
1939 BMW 321 Saloon data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2750 108.3
Track/tread (front) 1300 51.2
Track/tread (rear) 1300 51.2
Length 4500 177.2
Width 1670 65.7
Height 1500 59.1
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.64
Kerb weight 1000 kg 2205
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 50 litres 11 UK Gal 13.2 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2 litre
1971 cc
(120.278 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 66 × 96 mm
2.6 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.69
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 45.6 PS (45 bhp) (33.6 kW)
at 3750 rpm
Specific output 22.8 bhp/litre
0.37 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 6:1
Fuel system 1 So 30 BFLVS carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 4
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 328.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 35 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 109 km/h (68 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 45.63 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
33.56 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
45 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.02 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 29.8 kg/kW
49.78 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 11.00 m
Front suspension LA.TW.TL.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 3.50D x 16
Wheel size rear 3.50D x 16
Tyres front 5.50 x 16
Tyres rear 5.50 x 16
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.38
general
Carfolio.com ID101387
Production total 2078
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1939 BMW 321 Saloon added 2002-11-17.
Last modified 2013-02-28.