One of the best places to see a classic car is in a museum because they are treated with respect and displayed in all their glory. An impressive venue is the BMW Museum located in Munich. There’s an array of vehicles to see, ranging from a Mille Miglia Roadster to a 3.0 CSL. We’re listing five of the most beautiful cars to view while you’re there.
1939 BMW 335
The museum houses a BMW 335, one of the marque’s most extravagant efforts. First built in 1939, the 335 came with a 3.5-litre straight-six engine and elegant body. Not only did it reach a top speed of 90 mph, the 335 helped to establish a luxury market for BMW.
The car might have been more successful than it was if not for the outbreak of WW2. BMW were forced to stop production after building 400 models.
1939 328 Mille Miglia Roadster
Specially built to dominate the racing scene, the 328 Mille Miglia Roadster featured an aerodynamic design. Originally, a large number of cars were meant to be produced in time for the Mille Miglia 1940. By the start of the race, only two were ready, so the bodies were shipped to Milan and combined with aluminium. The car remains one of BMW’s most accomplished models.
Perhaps the most unique car in the collection, the Isetta became the first bubble car. It was designed by Italian company Iso. With an egg-shaped body and bubble windows, it certainly stood out on the road. Even though it was far removed from a traditional motor, the Isetta proved to be popular with the public.
In the UK, a three-wheeled version took to the road, which allowed drivers to evade car tax because of how the Isetta was categorised.
1975 3.0 CSL
Keen to build on their racing heritage, BMW brought out the 3.0 CSL in the 1970s. The ‘L’ referenced the lightness of the vehicle, as it had a body made out of thin steel and aluminium doors. The cars that were imported to the UK weren’t as light as other versions, but they still retained the original 3033 cc engines. The CSL went on to win the 1973 European Touring Car Championship and again in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979.
1978 BMW M1
Originally, the BMW M1 was meant to be the result of a partnership with Lamborghini, but conflicts led to BMW making it instead. Hand-built between 1978 and 1981, the car had a Guiguario designed body and the remaining components were built by a company of former Lamborghini engineers called Ital Engineering. The car had an elegant, wedge-shaped body that made it stand out.
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