BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupe
Despite Europe being plunged into conflict in the autumn of 1939, the 1940 edition of the Mille Miglia road race was allowed to take place, just a matter of months before Italy itself entered the war.
Because most of the continent was preoccupied with Hitler’s marauding invaders, the race was a far less international affair than usual, dominated by Italian entries familiar with the terrain.
And yet, the 1940 MM was won by a German-crewed BMW 328 wearing a gorgeous, aerodynamic coachbuilt body by Carrozeria Touring. The 80bhp straight-six-powered Coupe completed the shortened 558-mile course at an average speed of 103.6mph.
In 2004 the 328 Touring became the first car to win both the classic and modern tribute versions of the Mille. Not bad for an old-timer.