Bayerische Motoren Werke built aeroplanes during WW1, but following the Armistice in 1918, it was banned from making flying machines. Instead it turned to motor cycles and cars; with its first being a licence-built Austin Seven named the Dixi. BMW quickly progressed into making onto its own very fine sports and touring cars including the lovely 328.
Turbulent times WW2, with BMW coming close to bankruptcy and turning to Isetta and 600 bubble cars to help sustain it after trying to re-establish itself with a glamorous V8 powered range built in Munich. The 700 and subsequent ‘Neue Klasse’ models from 1961 saved the firm, while 1973’s 2002 Turbo was the very first turbocharged road car to be made in Europe. Today’s BMW ‘Series’ cars are effectively an evolution of the Neue Klasse and 2002, and are established as some of the best cars that money can buy.