In 1928, BMW made its first call – the 3/15 after taking over Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach. It was produced as a ‘Dixi’ from 1927 to 1929. It was rather produced as a BMW from July 1929 to March 1932.
The BMW 303 coupe introduced in 1933 had the now-famous kidney shaped grille that has become synonymous with the automaker.
BMW driver Ernst Henne set the world land speed record in 1937 with a speed of 279.503kmph in a BMW One-off car.
The BMW 328 placed first in its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1939. It was a 4-speed manual which made 80hp and averaged 80mph during racing laps.
The BMW 501 ‘Luxury Saloon’ produced between 1952 and 1958 was the first BMW car after World War 2. It was beautiful, but not fast. It had a heavy steel body and took 27 seconds to hit the 100kmph mark. Top speed was limited to 134kmph.
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