Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) is considered to be a sign of style and elegance. It is a symbol of the well-to-do. These automobiles have been in business for many years producing top quality craftsmanship throughout several models of automobile. One such exquisite example is the 1937 BMW 319.This was a popular roadster in its day, but was also available as a sedan and convertible. This car was known primarily for its speed. This beauty was said to top at 81mph, and was at least equal in performance to its British competitors.
The evolution of the BMW Dixi designed by coachman and engineer Peter Szymanowski, was a car built for speed while keeping the traditional coach work of the pre-war era. The BMW 319 was easy to spot with three chrome strips strategically placed on the side grills of the bonnet.
Featuring a 1,911 cc OHV inline six cylinder engine was just the thing that the 319 needed to secure its popularity. Some of the other mentionable features of this gem include a four speed manual transmission and wheel drum brakes on all four tires. Both front and rear suspension were of semi-elliptic leaf spring design. It also features a wheelbase of 2,400 mm which made it a beauty to drive from the straight away to the curve.
The 1937 BMW 319 outdid its predecessor with the increased engine capacity, and has since been the base for many production models designed by BMW. Those who have a car of this caliber are reluctant to let it go. For those who have had the opportunity to see it up close, or better yet, take it for a spin – hats off to you. Throughout the course of automotive greatness, there have been several models that will be remembered for years to come, and the BMW 319 with its double Solex carburetors has certainly made the list.
BMW started producing the BMW Isetta 300 in the mid 1950’s. People did not drive the long distances as they do today and BMW recognized a need for a single cylinder vehicle for transportation. This vehicle was a vast departure from BMW’s normal vehicles but went on to become the world’s best selling single cylinder engine. The Isetta realized total sales of nearly 162,000 before production was halted in 1962.
1956 BMW Isetta 300 shape was designed to resemble an egg and was quickly termed a “bubble car”. The specifications were outstanding for this tiny car at a time when most vehicles were very large. The 1956 BMW Isetta 300 received 63 mpg and touted a four speed transmission. The Isetta could reach speeds of 53 mph and was equipped with a gas tank that only held 3.4 gallons of gas. The BMW Isetta 300 barely exceeded seven feet in length and four feet in height with a small wheel base of 58 inches.
The micro BMW Isetta 300 was equipped with only a sun roof and small winglike windows that were able to be used. The front of the vehicle opened up for passengers to get into the vehicle instead of standard doors. The BMW Isetta 300 originally sold for a little more than $1,000 and if one is able to be found today, a collector will pay upwards of $15,000 depending on the vehicle’s condition.
The 1956 BMW 507 is still considered one of the sleekest vehicles ever produced. BMW had originally planned to import the 507 to America but the extremely high price tag made Americans reconsider the purchase. Owners of one of these highly desirable cars are able to fetch a small fortune when selling one today.
Only 252 1956 BMW 507’s were ever produced. The car was initially designed to appeal to the sports car market. Max Hoffman persuaded BMW to produce a roadster model after the BMW 501 and 502. BMW was far ahead of the times in producing the vehicle which has since achieved a celebrity status and is highly sought by collectors.
BMW originally set a price tag of $5,000 dollars. Production issues with the 507 caused the price tag to swell to $9,000 dollars and eventually land at $10,500 dollars. This extremely high price point caused the vehicle to be out of reach of the target audience for the car. Several celebrities purchased the 507 including Elvis Presley and race car drivers Georg Meier and Hans Stuck.
The limited number of BMW 507’s ever produced has made the vehicle one of the most highly sought after classic cars of all time. Two hundred and fifty two 507’s were originally produced. Classic car enthusiasts put the number still in existence at an amazing 202. This car which originally sold for $10,500 is able to fetch a whooping $900,000 to $1,000,000 price tag when currently sold.