Friend and fans of StanceWorks, world wide, have submitted their cars to us since our site went live nearly 8 years ago. Many grow into features, and plenty fall on the backburner, waiting for their chance at the StanceWorks homepage once the finishing touches are applied. On occasion though, we see a car that we feel should be shared right away, and this time, it’s Benjamin Crosio’s gorgeous M30-powered Alpina-tribute E28.
Amongst the BMW history gurus, it’s well-established that BMW’s Neue Klasse (New Class) saved the brand following World War II, and established its still-defining brand identity as a manufacturer of sports sedans. While the ’02 lineup is inarguably a crowd favorite, it’s the four-door counterparts that deserve the initial credit.
If you were to ask me, and that’s assuming you somehow didn’t already know, I’d happily tell you, and perhaps argue with you, that the 1980s proved not only to be the best years for BMW’s design, but for car design as a whole. From here, I can hear gasps, and before long, the clicking and clacking of keyboards typing out in disagreement, but you won’t convince me otherwise.
There’s one thing we’ve never tried to hide here at StanceWorks. When it comes to cars, we show favoritism to the classics. Whether its European, American, or even Asian too, something resonates with us when it comes to old steel. After all, there’s a reason that between all of the 20-something BMWs I’ve owned, only two have been newer than the 1980s. However, from time to time, we find ourselves behind the wheel of something a bit more modern.
BMW’s history in the world of motorsports is rich and diverse, with more than just a few titles to claim as their own. We often reminisce of their “glory days,” where BMWs ruled the circuits of DTM, the ETCC, and more. However, rewinding a full half century prior, we’re able to take a look at BMW’s roots in motorsport. The 328, built from 1936 to 1940, stands as perhaps one of BMW’s best-known pre-war cars, and with good reason.