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    Prewar BMW Front Spring

    The BMW 326, 327, 321 and 335 have an "un-equal arm" independent front suspension. It features a transverse leaf spring that also functions as the IFS lower control arm. During restoration we often find that the third leaf from the bottom is broken. This third leaf has a pair of safety straps that ties it to the main leaf on the bottom. This is there in case the main leaf breaks in service. The third leaf breakage occurs when the car is driven with inoperable front shock absorbers and/or is missing the rubber bumper stop that is designed to limit body roll. This causes the safety straps to overload that third leaf under unrestrained deflection. Eventually the overloaded leaf will fail.
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    Very useful information. Thank you. I have a 1939 BMW 321

    currently being restored. Almost finished a few more things to correct and add.
    Do you know an approximate value for these cars ? The restoration took a lot
    longer and much more money then I anticipated with some unexpected illness
    slowing me and the process down. I'm seriously considering selling the vehicle
    after I had a few months of pleasure of enjoying it.

    What would be a rough value base-line in the US ?

    I have not found any other 320 or 321 being offered for sale so I'm hesitant to
    name a price. I would like to know what to expect to get for it.

    Laszlo
    Laszlo - Greer, SC

    1997 BMW 840ci
    1991 BMW Z1
    1995 BMW E36 M3 (Track car)
    1999 BMW M3 Convertible
    1974 Porsche 914-2.0
    2000 BMW 540i Manual 6spd
    1960 Chevy C10 Pickup
    2007 Mazda CX-9
    2002 Chevy Astro AWD

    and the list goes on... when its oil change time... well its always oil change time at my house :-)
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    The value will fluctuate greatly depending on several factors: 2 Door Sedan or Cabrriolet? Pre-war or postwar? These cars are generally at the lower end of the value spectrum for these early cars. You can call me on my cell phone at: (415) 250-9386 and I will help you to establish a value. I am in California.
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    BMW 321 - 1939 and 2 door sedan (coupe ? )

    Yes, sorry I forgot to tell you its not the convertible. I wish it was !
    It is a 1939 and it is restored to more or less original. No performance or
    other modifications and no updating.

    When I got it the value was down and I watched the "hot" cars value
    going up crazy high. The 321 is a low-end compare to them I agree and
    even then it cost almost the same to restore !

    learned my lesson for sure.
    Laszlo - Greer, SC

    1997 BMW 840ci
    1991 BMW Z1
    1995 BMW E36 M3 (Track car)
    1999 BMW M3 Convertible
    1974 Porsche 914-2.0
    2000 BMW 540i Manual 6spd
    1960 Chevy C10 Pickup
    2007 Mazda CX-9
    2002 Chevy Astro AWD

    and the list goes on... when its oil change time... well its always oil change time at my house :-)
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