BMW is one of the leading manufacturers of luxury and performance vehicles. Over the years, it has created some legendary cars that are unlike any others on the road. Whether it is a quick roadster or a large luxury sedan, here are some of the classic BMWs we love.
The BMW 507 Roadster
The idea for the BMW 507 Roadster came from a U.S. importer named Max Hoffman. He wanted to create a roadster that would compete with other iconic sports convertibles on the road. This little car had a purpose-built chassis and came with a 3.2-liter engine, but because the build was so expensive, the price tag doubled during production. They were only able to sell 252 of these roadsters, although it is still considered one of the most beautiful cars BMW ever made.
The 2002 tii
In the 1960s, BMW came out with the 2002 tii in an attempt to revitalize the brand. This car had a unibody design with a squared-off look along with an independent rear suspension. It didn’t take long for this to become one of BMW’s best-selling vehicles. The 2002 tii came with a 2.0-liter 130-horsepower inline four-engine, and it featured direct injection. The shark-nosed front end and excellent handling helped add to the popularity of this vehicle.
The BMW 2002 Turbo
The 2002 Turbo was one of the first turbo vehicles ever built. This came with turbo graphics on the front bumper, so everyone knew that BMW was the first to hit the roads with this type of engine. The 2002 Turbo had a KKK blower, and although the manufacturer only built 1,672 of these, it made its mark in the automobile world by leading the way to the 2000C/CS E9, which became a popular coupe.
The 7 Series
The third-generation 7 Series is when BMW brought luxury and performance to a new level. This large sedan had both power and style. It came with either a 4.0-liter V-8 or a 5.0-liter V-12. This car also had the first diesel engine both in Europe and overseas. You might recognize the 7 Series from the 1997 movie “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
The BMW 503 Coupe/Convertible
From 1956 through 1959, BMW manufactured the 503 sports coupe. This came with a four-speed manual transmission and a 3.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 140 horsepower. The 503 was also the first convertible to feature an electric folding top, but unfortunately, it cost much more than the company anticipated, and although it looked beautiful going down the road, it ended up creating a financial loss for BMW.
The BMW Z8
The Z8, produced from 1999 to 2003, had a retro look with the latest technology. It featured a 4.9-liter V-8 that generated 400 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque, and it could get up to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds. The ’50s-style exterior enhanced with modern touches gave this classic BMW a beautiful look.
These are just a few of the best classic BMWs produced over its 100-year history.
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