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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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The HISTORY of BMW ROAD CARS in pictures

A PHOTO album of ALL BMW ROAD CARS in CHRONOLOGICAL order is something I just thought would be nice to have on the forum and so I will be gradually creating this thread with pictures and a bit of information (not too much to keep it easy to follow) about each model.

Basically one will be able to see the ENTIRE Bmw range from day one in ONE easy to follow thread and experience the evolution of Bavarias Finest. Quick 'n easy.

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THE VERY BEGINNING.

After it's success in the 1920's building motorcycles Bmw decided to expand and bought the Eisenach automobile plant in 1928 where the Austin Seven was being produced under the name Dixi.

Dixi 3/15 DA 1.
Made 1927 - 1929. (9308 built)

Bmw's first car built under license from Austin.
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3/15 DA 3 Wartburg.
Made1930 -1931. (150 built)

Loosely based on the Austin Seven (Dixi) with the same 4 cylinder 750 cc engine , this was a sporty model and developed 18 hp. Top speed 59mph.
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3/15 DA 2
Made 1929-1931. (12318 built)

This was the FIRST CAR with the Bmw roundel , was bigger than the Dixi, had brakes on all four wheels and was available in a selection of body styles including a coupe. Top speed 47 mph.
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3/15 DA 4
Made 1930-1932 (3480 built)

Very similar to the DA 2 (same motor and gearing) but had a stiffer chassis and featured for the first time independent front suspension.
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3/20
Made 1932- 1934 (7215 built)

Featuring a 4 speed gearbox , a completely new body, leaf springs and a new improved 20 hp engine, overhead valves, the coachwork of Bmw's new model was built by Daimler Benz. Top speed 50mph.
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303
Made 1933-1934 (2300 built)

This was the first time Bmw used the kidney grilles and their first six cylinder engine with a almost 1.2 l capacity.Rack and pinion steering was implemented and the body designs became more elegant. Top speed 56 mph.
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309
Made 1934- 1936 (6000 built)

Very similar construction as the 303 but with a smaller 0.8 l engine. It also was available as a saloon. Top speed 50mph.
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Made 1934- 1937. (9535 built)

Basically an improved version of the 303 but with a 1.5 l engine developing 34 hp. Top speed 62 mph.
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315/1
Made 1934-1936 (230 built)

Yes this was the roadster version of the above but power was up to 40 hp. Top speed 75 mph.
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319 and 319/1
Made 1935-1937 ( 319... 6468 built and 319/1... 178 built)

The first 2.0 litre engines with 6 cylinders here with power from 45 to 55 hp.
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Made 1936-1941. (16,000 built)

Bmw's first four door machine and for the first time, hydraulic brakes. 2.0 l six cylinder and also available as 4-door cabriolet.Top speed 72 mph.
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328
Made 1937-1939. (464 built)

The 328 is definitely a milestone in Bmw's rich history and its importance cannot be overstated. A beautiful design and very advanced for its day. 2.0 l six again but due to a new system of rockers and pushrods running across the head , power was up to 80 hp in a car weighing 810 kg.
Top speed 95 mph.

The 328 was a true sports car featuring a full undertray to improve aerodynamics, something usually reserved for racing cars.
In 1940 it won the Mille Miglia.
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....that's it for today. The chronological history of Bmw road cars in pictures will continue later.
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329
Made 1936- 1937. (1,179 built)

This was really an interim model from Bmw so the 2.0 l from the 319 was still in use and the chassis was made of the tubular space frame . Baur in Stuttgart assisted in the bodywork.
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327/28
Made 1937- 1941. (571 built)

Under this elegant body was the was the 2.0 OHV six - cylinder from the legendary 328 with power up to 80 hp. Top speed 87 mph.
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Made 1939- 1941. (410 built)

With a massive power increase to 90 hp and its 3.5 litre six cylinder engine this was to be the last of Bmw's pre-war models.
This was Bmw's first purpose built car for FAST MOTORING on the new autobahns. Top speed 96 mph.
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POST WORLD WAR II PRODUCTION.

After losing the Eisenach factory to the Soviets and its Munich factory suffering extensive damage, Bmw returned to full scale production in 1952 , 11 years after the end of production of the pre-war 335 model.
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501
Made 1952- 1955 . (8,941 built)

Based on the 326 chassis , Bmw decided to use the 326's 2.0 litre six which was a mistake as 65 hp just wasn't enough to make the 1.3 tonne machine move at a descent pace. Sedan and coupe were available, both with the all new double wishbone front suspension. Top speed 84 mph.
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Made 1954- 1957. (12,851 built)

To respond to the negative feedback the 501 received, Bmw unveiled the 502 which initially came out with a all new 90 degree all-alloy V8 of 2.5 litres which delivered 100 hp. Towards the end of its production it received a 3.2 l engine with power up to 140 hp and on its final year it was renamed as 3.2 super , front wheel disc brakes were added and optional power steering. Variations of the new renamed version were made until 1961. Top speed 110 mph.
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Made 1956- 1960 . (412 built)

Bmw made its debut in the use of aluminium with the 503 resulting in a gorgeous yet understated coupe and convertible version. Based on the 502 chassis and using the 140 hp state of tune of the 502's motor it was certainly a refined sports traveller with fully retractable power roof. Top speed 118 mph.
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3200 CS
Made 1962- 1965. (603 built)

Arriving after the 503 , the 3200 cs was styled by Bertone and powered by the company's V8 with dual downdraft carburetors delivering 160 bhp. Only one convertible was made and was intended for Bmw's major shareholder. The chassis was identical to the one used in the legendary 507. Top speed 125 mph.
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Made 1956- 1959. (254 built)

One of the most beautiful Bmw's ever built was also the reason the company almost became bankrupt. An American importer, Max Hoffman conceived the idea of a sports roadster to compete against the Merc SL and by 1955 it was launched in New York at the Waldorf Astoria.
The intention of selling the car for $5,000 was impossible to achieve with massive production costs pushing the price up to $10,500. It did have a good 3.2 litre V8 as in the 3200 CS , aluminium body , front disc brakes later and two-speed wipers, a luxury in the 50's.
In the end only 39 of these automotive pieces of art reached American shores and today it's one of the most collectable Bmw's as only about 200 survive and you'd be considered lucky to find someone willing to let it go for less than$600,000.

A failure for the company?,... most surely, one of the most beautiful cars ever made?,...definitely..!
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Isetta 250/300
Made 1955- 1962. (161,500
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In the meantime Bmw desperately needed a small affordable offering for the masses but building a new car platform from scratch was not economically viable. So the company approaches the Italian company Isomoto that was already making the Isetta and they struck a deal to take over the production, the name and after adding one of Bmw's motorcycle engines, they were on to a winner...

With a four speed gear box, 245 cc - 300 cc engine, 13 hp and 80 mpg potential, it was an instant success and a huge help in getting the company back on its feet post-war.
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Made 1957- 1959. (34,813 built)

Along with the Isetta 250/300, the need for a slightly bigger option was met in the form of the 600 and this time they looked deeper into their motorcycle parts bin and found the TWIN-cylinder 852 cc motor pushing out 19.5 hp resulting in a 62 mph top speed for the bravest.

The semi-trailing rear arm rear suspension was introduced in the 600 and was in use until the arrival of the E36 3 series in the 1990's where the designer's moved on to a less oversteer inducing setup.
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