Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) is considered to be a sign of style and elegance. It is a symbol of the well-to-do. These automobiles have been in business for many years producing top quality craftsmanship throughout several models of automobile. One such exquisite example is the 1937 BMW 319.This was a popular roadster in its day, but was also available as a sedan and convertible. This car was known primarily for its speed. This beauty was said to top at 81mph, and was at least equal in performance to its British competitors.
The evolution of the BMW Dixi designed by coachman and engineer Peter Szymanowski, was a car built for speed while keeping the traditional coach work of the pre-war era. The BMW 319 was easy to spot with three chrome strips strategically placed on the side grills of the bonnet.
Featuring a 1,911 cc OHV inline six cylinder engine was just the thing that the 319 needed to secure its popularity. Some of the other mentionable features of this gem include a four speed manual transmission and wheel drum brakes on all four tires. Both front and rear suspension were of semi-elliptic leaf spring design. It also features a wheelbase of 2,400 mm which made it a beauty to drive from the straight away to the curve.
The 1937 BMW 319 outdid its predecessor with the increased engine capacity, and has since been the base for many production models designed by BMW. Those who have a car of this caliber are reluctant to let it go. For those who have had the opportunity to see it up close, or better yet, take it for a spin – hats off to you. Throughout the course of automotive greatness, there have been several models that will be remembered for years to come, and the BMW 319 with its double Solex carburetors has certainly made the list.
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Dubbed the world’s first supercar, the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante had a supercharged 3.3 liter, twin-cam engine with 8 cylinders and 170 horsepower. This car’s suspension system is an independent one replacing the solid front axles that were used in older cars. The Type 57SC was designed with wonderful workmanship and great handling ability.
Bugatti cars are well known for their beautiful styles, and the Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante is no different. This model was designed by Jean Bugatti who was an auto designer as well as a test engineer. As a matter of fact, he designed all three models of the Type 57 Bugattis (Ventoux, Stelvio and Atalante). There were only 11 of the Type 57SC Atalante models produced. Interestingly, each one was built a little differently from the other. For instance, some had independent headlights, some had headlights built into the body, some had polished aluminum hubcaps, some had wire wheels, some were painted a solid color, some were painted black and an accent color, and more.
The 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante is a very attractive sports coupe touring car with an elegant body style. It has a long front end, rounded swooping fenders and roof, a mesh grille and body panels that are riveted. It has a streamlined, low-sitting chassis and two seats. The windshield is flat, there are full-sized doors, that open from the front to the rear, with kidney-bean shaped windows in them, and a it has sloped trunk where a recessed spare tire is kept.
The 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante, a real classic, is considered to be one of the most alluring Bugattis around today.
If there is one thing that the Cord automobile will always be remembered for, it is the stylish design. This is especially true of the 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton. The supercharger was an optional election for the automobile that heightened the company’s notability. Unfortunately it was not enough to keep the company operational. The Phaeton is a symbol of elegance and performance that would be a valuable piece to anyone’s collection of American automobiles.
What the 1937 Cord 812 offered is a centrifugal supercharger by Schwitzer-Cummins which attached to a Lycoming L-head V8 engine. In its prime the bhp rated between 185 – 195 and performance tested at an average of 101 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats over a 24 hour period. Given that the automotive industry was still in its infancy at the time, this is an impressive number.
Other notable features of the 812 Supercharged Phaeton by Cord is the independent front suspension companioned with a rear live axel with semi-elliptic leaf springs. The curb weight of this beauty comes in at 4000 pounds, and despite the early misgivings with the placement of a bespoke transmission, a number of 812s were manufactured. The car was reintroduced in 1940 by Hupmobile and Graham-Paige. This still proved to be an unsuccessful venture, but the car is a prize for collectors fortunate to have it on their floor.
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton Pictures