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The German luxury carmaker celebrated his 100th birthday this year. In its entire history, it released a never-ending, breathtaking, record-setting, and smile-inducing machines. It consistently beguiled the automotive inclined.

The essence of BMW focuses on its ability to produce successful new ideas while remaining faithful to its heritage. And that heritage includes innumerable victories in motorsport- on two wheels and four.

 

The story of 100 years of BMW, one of the best brands around.

The Bavarian Motor Works story begins with aircraft engines. Their radial engine quickly gained the reputation for being one of the best and most reliable of its time. By the orders from the German government, the small factory was overwhelmed.

BMW Logo

It is widely known as the “propeller”. The blue and white center is meant to represent the Bavarian flag.

It was designed by the brother of Karl Rapp, the founder of BMW predecessor company Rapp Motorenwerke. The company was barred from building military-aircraft engines following World War I.

 

BMW Productions.

BMW produced its first motorcycle, the R32, in 1923 which was very innovative.

While they are rarely sold. Their recent prices R32s at auction include $163,000 for a 1924 model in 2009 and a $139,000 in 2011 for a 1925 model.

 

BMW built its first production car in 1928, the 3/15. It was a licensed copy of the British-designed Austin 7.

After investing in car manufacturing, BMW failed to find significant profit in making civilian aircraft engines. In spite of the fact that its engines, such as the 132 Hornet, were excellent.

The BMW 303 was also significant for the company. It is an origin of the famous kidney grille, which is still featured on all of their cars today.

 

BMW launched the first six-cylinder car 328. It became the racing tradition car including an overall win by the 328 at the 1940 Mille Miglia.

When Nazis came to power, BMW started producing military equipment for them. Forced laborers built machines that fueled the German war effort. The labors were prisoners of war or inmates of the nearby Dachau concentration camp.

BMW’s plant was left in ruin after the Allies triumphed. The company for the next decade was on the verge of collapsing.

 

 

The Isetta, designed by Italian refrigerator company Iso, was license-built by BMW from 1955 to 1962. This single-cylinder car saw only moderate success.

BMW returned by developing their immensely powerful supercharged motorcycles after the war. Wilhelm Noll and Fritz Crohn won the Sidecar World Championship on a BMW RS54 in 1954 and 1956.

Deals behind BMW motorcycles.

The cylinders were sticking out of the sides for better cooling thereby making it a more compact bike. BMW motorcycles have also used a drive shaft rather than a chain or belt.

BMW 507 was a commercial flop. When the production cost began to rise, BMW had to pull the leg in order to prevent the entire company from bankrupting. Only 252 were ever built.

 

BMW 507 is for $2 million to $3 million at today.

In 1961, the BMW 1500 was first New Class model that secured BMW’s financial success as a carmaker. This inspired the next 55 years of their design language.

Then came the 02 series, which included the 2002 turbo. It is one of the most beloved BMWs ever.

 

 

Then came 3.0 CSL which is a racing variant and one of BMWs famous art cars. American sculptor Alexander Calder painted this one.

 

 

Then came BMW 1602 in 1972 which was indeed fully electric. BMW has toyed with fully electric cars for a long time.

 

 

In 1975 BMW launched the 3 Series, the sporty set of wheels.

Then came in M1, BMW’s first mid-engine car built in1981. In 1986, BMW put the engine from the M1 into their E28 5 Series sedan.

 

 

The BMW Z1 roadster had electronic slide-down doors. They also acquired the Rolls-Royce brand in 1998 from Volkswagen.

BMW has made several attempts at success in Formula One — the best period being in the early 2000s with the Williams F1 team.

BMW lineup includes SUVs like this X6M, crossovers like  X1 and the range-topping 7-Series sedan. It is a luxuriously appointed living-room-on-wheels and a runner-up for BI’s 2015 Car of the Year.

 

The i3, which is the best-selling electric car in the market.

BMW has an uncommon ability to create the automotive style and technology of the future. While it remained linked to its own decorated past. This is their 328 Hommage concept.

BMW chief Harald Kru¨ger introduced the “Vision Next 100” concept at the Geneva Motor. It is an educated guess at what the BMW a century from now will look like. We shall see…

 

 

Also, read Facts you didn’t know about Rolls-Royce

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