BMW Cars brand was founded as an aircraft-engine factory in Munich. The Rapp Motor Company is renamed BMW in 1917. The name stands for Barbarian Motor Works (BMW). In 1919, Franz Zeno Diemer sets the first BMW world record, reaching 9760 metres with an aircraft powered by the BMW IV engine. Franz Zeno Diemer (centre) with his world record aircraft. 1922 BMW builds on today's main site east of what was then Munich's Oberwiesenfeld airport (today the city's Olympic Centre). 1923 The first BMW motorcycle leaves the Munich production site. The first BMW motorcycles. 1924 The first intercontinental flight to Persia powered by BMW engines. In the 1920s, flying becomes a challenge to shrink the world. 1926 The Rohrbach Ro VII flying boat sets five world records with a BMW VI aircraft engine.
From 1954 on, a new and magnificent automobile caught the eye on the great streets and boulevards of the world's cities: the BMW 502 with its new eight-cylinder engine. A broad chrome strip along the waistline added to its visual distinction. In 1955 the BMW 502 was given a larger rear window. The BMW 507 model was also offered as a coupˇ or convertible, with bodywork by various coachbuilders. In no time at all, it became the dream of every sportscar enthusiast throughout the world.
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