V8 engine
Frankfurt Motor Show
World War II
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BMW 501

Knowledge Identifier: $BMW_501


BMW 501

Luxury saloon car manufactured by BMW from 1952 to 1958 add

Category: Business (14)

Launched in 1950.

Countries: Germany (33%), (33%), U.S. (17%)

Main connections: BMW, V8 engine, Frankfurt Motor Show

Linked to: BMW, Daimler-Benz, Gruppo Bertone, Simca




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During the 1950s, the sector was increasingly dominated by Mercedes Benz, and 501 volumes never approached those achieved by Stuttgart built competitors add something


Introduced at the first Frankfurt Motor Show in 1951, the 501 was the first motor car to be manufactured and sold by BMW after the Second World War add something


The 501 was introduced to the public in April 1951 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, as was its less expensive, production-ready rival, the Mercedes-Benz 220 add something


Development issues delayed the start of production until late 1952, and even BMW still did not have equipment for pressing body panels in operation add something


The "' & BMW 501"' was a luxury saloon car manufactured by BMW from 1952 to 1958 add something


A road test of the 501 in March 1953 by "Auto- und Motorrad-Welt" reported better than average wind resistance, as well as good ride quality and an effective heating system add something


The thousandth 501 was completed on 1 September 1953 add something


As well as the saloon version, BMW offered Baur built two-door cabriolet and coupé versions of the 502 in 1954 and 1955 add something


The V8 engine was introduced at the 1954 Geneva Motor Show as the engine of the new BMW 502 saloon car add something


The 501A was released in 1954 as a replacement for the original 501 with similar trim and equipment, but which sold for DM14,180, a price reduction of more than eight hundred Deutsche Mark from the original 501 add something


BMW 507 - The & BMW 507 was conceived by US automobile importer Max Hoffman who, in 1954, persuaded the BMW management to produce a roadster version of the BMW 501 and BMW 502 saloons to fill the gap between the expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL and the cheap and underpowered Triumph and &MG (MG_Cars) sports cars


A further development of the V8 engine was introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show add something


The 502 was mildly restyled in 1955 with a wraparound rear window add something


The Frankfurt Show in 1955 saw the presentation of the BMW 505, a limousine based on the new 3,2 saloon add something


The engine and the model designation were altered again in the spring of 1955 add something


In 1957, the 3,2 Super with a engine, was released add something


The 501 and 502 model designations were discontinued in 1958, when the 501 $V8 (V8_engine) was renamed the BMW 2,6 and the 502 was renamed the 2,6 Luxus add something


The 501/3 and 501 $V8 (V8_engine) were continued until 1958, when the six-cylinder engine and the 501 model designation were discontinued add something


While the 501 and 502 model numbers were discontinued in 1958, variations of the model, with the same platform and body, were continued until 1963 add something


The 3,2 and 3,2 Super were continued under these model designations until 1961 with only two notable changes: Power steering became an option in 1959, while front disc brakes were added to the 3,2 Super in October 1959 and to the 3,2 in 1960 add something


The last two police cars were delivered to Amberg in 1965, after 501's production had ended add something


They were retired by 1971 due to rust issues add something