BMW a live legend – Part 7

501/502: “Baroque angel” with 6 or 8 cylinders

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BMW, 501

Because of the lost of Eisenach factory, it was very hard for BMW to build a new start after the War. Only in 1951, BMW presented a new model on Auto Show in Frankfurt: 501. Also named “baroque angel”, because of its body bent lines, this offered many new and interesting things. Its docile frame was much appreciated. Even the transmission offered something new: it wasn’t directly attached to the engine and it was connected on the propeller with an articulated axle. This arrangement was made for the advantage of a refined engine suspension. The 6 litres engine, a modified version of 326, developed 65 hp and it was great, excelled in refinement with 501.
Three years lather, the “baroque angel” created a sensation: when BMW 502 debuted on Auto Show in Geneva, the journalists received very enthusiastic the first engine made by easy alloy on a series car and the first engine with 8 cylinders after the first War.
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BMW, 501

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