This legendary brand has been amazing the whole world with its innovations for more than 90 years; the appearance of each new model is a grand occasion for all motorists.
It all started at the beginning of the 20th century, when Germans, on the northern outskirts of Munich, set up two aircraft engine companies. The demand for those engines was enormous particularly during the First World War. In 1917, both of these industrial organizations were registered as BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) and received a blue and white logo resembling spinning propellers against the background of sky and this logo is decorating the cars of the Bavarian car manufacturer to this very day.
Being a factory of a country that lost the war, BMW fell into dire financial crises. The manufacture of aircraft engines was banned. However, the way out was soon found: at first, the company branched out into producing motorcycle engines; and later on it set up the production of motorcycles.
In 1923, BMW introduced the R32, its first vehicle.
In 1929, BMW launched the mass production of its first car, the 3/PS Dixie, which in fact was the same as English Austin specially modified for German conditions.
The birth of Dixie marked the dawn of a new era of German automobile industry. In 1939, another legendary model, the BMW 303, was produced. This small family car was the first BMW equipped with a six-cylinder engine and the first BMW with “kidney grille” associated with the brand. The platform of the 303 was used for several other BMW cars, including the BMW 309, a four-cylinder version of the 303, the BMW 315, a 1.5 liter version of the 303 which replaced it in 1934 and was built until 1937, the BMW 319, a 1.9 liter version of the 303, and the BMW 329, a development of the 319 with styling based on the newer, larger BMW 326, that shortly replaced the 319 in 1937.
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