The BMW company Bayerisch Flyugtsoig Werke, created in 1916 for the production of aircraft engines, was renamed in 1922 the Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW). After the First World War, companies banned the production of aircraft engines, and she began to manufacture engines for ships and motorcycles. In 1928, BMW acquired the Dixie factory in Eisenach, which licensed the British Austin Seven. The small BMW Dixie car was a huge success and created the basis for the production of subsequent BMW cars, including the famous sports models 327 and 328, which were produced immediately after the Second World War. Post-war times were exceptionally difficult for BMW. The factory in Eisenach resumed production of 1939 models, which were first sold under the BMW brand, and then as EMB (EMW).
The Munich plant was destroyed, and until 1952, BMW was not able to resume the production of cars. The first car to come off the new production lines was the magnificent 501, designed for six people, with a two-liter six-cylinder engine developing 65 liters of power. from. Since 1954, the car went on sale with a V8 engine as a model 502. When Mercedes-Benz launched its 300SL model, BMW responded with a model 507 sports car.
However, the time for large cars has not yet arrived. In Germany, there was a demand for cheap cars of brands such as Messerschmitt, Heinkel, or Goggomobile. To meet the requirements of the market, BMW bought the rights to manufacture Isetta models in Germany from Renzo Rivolta. It was a two-seater with a single-cylinder engine from a motorcycle with a working volume of only 245 cm3 (later 295 cm3) and a capacity of 12 liters. from. This was enough to reach a speed of 85 km / h. Isetta's “bubble car” was quickly growing up. First up to the 600 model with a 582 cm3 two-cylinder engine, which developed a capacity of 20 liters. from. Then, to the model 700, which already looked like a “real” car and had a two-cylinder engine with a working volume of 697 cm3 and a capacity of 30 liters. from. By 1960, BMW in its showrooms already had the 1500 model, the forerunner of modern BMW cars. The machines became larger and had engines with a working volume of 1500, 1600, 1800, 2000, 2500, 2800, 3000, 3200 and 3500 cm1 with power from 80 to 290 liters. from.
YEARS OF ISSUE: 1968-1975 ISSUED: 29 505 cars
FEATURES. Model BMB-2500CS went on sale with 2.5-, 2.8- and three-liter power units. In 1974, a six-cylinder engine with a working volume of 2494 cm3 developed a capacity of 150 liters. from. and was able to accelerate a car weighing 1,400 kg to 100 km / h in 10.5 seconds.
YEARS OF ISSUE: 1968-1975 ISSUED: no data
FEATURES. The four-cylinder engine of the 2002 model had a displacement of 1990 cm with a power of 100 liters. from. Motor model 2002Ti developed a capacity of 130 liters. s, and the 1973 version of the turbo turbo could boast an engine capacity of 170 liters. from.
YEARS OF ISSUE: 1961-1966 ISSUED: 23 554 cars
FEATURES. The BMW 1500 model marked the onset of a new era for BMW. Paying tribute to microcars, she set about manufacturing “real” cars. The 1500 model had a four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1499 cm3 and a capacity of 75 liters. sec, providing a maximum speed of 150 km / h.
YEARS OF PRODUCTION: 1959-1965 ISSUED: 188 011 cars
FEATURES. The BMW-700 model went on sale with sedan, coupe and convertible bodies. The last two modifications were sold 13,758 copies. These were the last BMW cars with motorcycle air-cooled twin-cylinder engines.
YEARS OF PRODUCTION: 1955-1962 ISSUED: 161 728 cars
FEATURES. Isetta was designed as a compact car for those who no longer wanted to ride a motorcycle, but did not have enough money to buy a “real” car. The front of the car was also its only door.
YEARS OF PRODUCTION: 1957-1959 ISSUED: 34 813 cars
FEATURES. Model 600 became like a car when it had four wheels and two doors. But this did not bring success to the company, because the car was more expensive than the Volkswagen Beetle.
YEARS OF ISSUE: 1955-1959 ISSUED: 252 cars
FEATURES. Albrecht Hertz designed the BMW-507, which was supposed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz-300SL. But this was only partially achieved.
YEARS OF ISSUE: 1955-1959 ISSUED: 412 cars
FEATURES. The BMW-502 model served as the basis for the BMW-503. The body of the 502 model was designed by designer Albrecht County Herz. It was an excellent, but very expensive car, costing eight times more than Volkswagen.