10 fun facts: BMW
10 trivia facts about BMW
This page is a list of interesting fun facts, trivia, and historical information about German car manufacturer BMW.
BMW history, BMW facts, BMW trivia and BMW jokes - all in one place.
I'm not saying that you didn't know these. If that were the case, I would call this lens '10 things you didn't know about...'.
This is my first '10 fun facts' lens, and hopefully, I'll make a series of these, all related to automotive industry. Obviously, this is something I enjoy, and, hopefully, you'll find it enjoyable as well.
So, happy reading!
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01: The name...
What does BMW stand for?
BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke.
In English, that would be: Bavarian Motor Works
02: The logo...
What does the BMW Roundel symbolize?
This is what I found browsing the Web:
The Roundel logo stems from the days of its aircraft heritage, and symbolizes a spinning propeller.
And, It's NOT completely true!
A huge part of the logo are the blue and white fields, and those come off the Bavarian flag. (Bavaria is a state in Germany. Yes. BMW's come from Bavaria.)
Note: If you want to know how does the Bavarian flag look like, just google: Bavarian Flag. :)
03: The face...
When did they start to use that kidney grille?
The BMW 303 was a middle sized saloon produced by BMW in 1933 and 1934. It was the first BMW to use the 'kidney grill' which today is a hallmark of the company's models.
Wikipedia also states, that, this was the first 6 cylinder BMW...
Read more about it here:
BMW: Great reading material - Find out everything about BMW
Are you a true BMW fan, or, you just want to find more about the company that produces the ultimate driving machines? Or are you looking for an ideal present for a BMW fanatic?
Take a look at this selection of books... I'm already drooling, and I can't wait to dig myself into them... :)
04: The tag...
When did BMW start to use 'series' tag?
The first BMW 'series' was the 5-series. The first car with the 'series' tag was the E12. So, the anwser is: 1972.
05: The letter...
What does 'E' stand for in BMW model code?
Yea, if you're a BMW fan, you certainly know that all BMW cars have codes - E21, E30, E36, E39, E32, E12... So, what's with this?
BMW does not use automobile platforms like any other manufactures, instead, each generation has a development code( Entwicklungsnummeren ),
E = Entwicklung = Development
So, why did they switch to F code with the new 7-series?
Did they ran out of E-numbers?
Is BMW going in the right direction?
What do you think about the engine downsizing trend?
06: BMW Volkswagen?!
BMW with an air-cooled, boxer engine in the rear?
Yes, it's true.
BMW 700 was a direct competitor to Volkswagen's Beetle.
- rear mounted engine
- rear wheel drive
- air cooled engine
- boxer engine
And, if you really want it - compare it to a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia...
07: Why didn't they make...
E39 M5 Touring, 850i Convertible, E34 M5 Convertible, E36 M3 Compact?
Em... they did.
Believe it or not,
- BMW M5 E39 Touring
- BMW M5 E34 Convertible
- BMW 850i E31 Convertible
- BMW M3 E36 Compact
Bmw manufactured prototypes for the listed cars, but, due to marketing strategy, they didn't send them to production. There are a lot of fan-built replicas... But, wouldn't you like to have an original one?
Toys... for BIG boys! - Decorate your office... or garage...
I admit - I have tons of BMW car die cast models in my office, in my garage, and even, in my BMW. :)
And, my two sons love to play with them. So, they're multi-purpose, I guess...
Let's face it - boys never grow up.
08: Back to the beginning...
What was the first car made by BMW?
The first car made by BMW is:
(wait for it...)
(wait for it...)
BMW Dixi !!!
BMW bought the Automobilwerk Eisenach in 1928 and, with it, the rights to build the Dixi car... Soon after that, they dropped the Dixi name.
09: April fools...
Did you know that BMW celebrates April fools day?
In the UK, BMW's marketing team publishes different adverts in the newspaper... Only on April fools day. The adverts are humorous, and quite intelligent. So, If you want to take a look at some of them, visit the next link:
Don't forget to come back ;)
10: The name... (AGAIN!)
What does BMW REALLY stand for?
I knew you would found out about this, sooner or later:
BMW stands for "Bob Marley and the Wailers".
For a long time Bob drove a BMW-which, as far as he was concerned, stood for Bob Marley and the Wailers.
"I have a BMW. But only because BMW stands for Bob Marley and The Wailers, and not because I need an expensive car." - BOB MARLEY
Time to relax! - With cool Reggae tunes...
Yea, It's been a while since I listened to Bob Marley... And, now, it's the perfect opportunity...
All about ///M logo!
What's the story behind the BMW ///M Logo?
A little bonus!
BMW M logo first appeared on the BMW M1 in 1978. It features three colored slashes and the letter "M". "M" stands for Motorsport. Well, that's quite common knowledge - but what about colors?
Blue one represents Bavaria and BMW.
Red one represents Texaco - oil company that was a partner of BMW Motorsport in the early days.
The purple stripe is there for decoration only, some sort of a transition between blue and red.
Interesting fact is, that BMW had to 'buy out' Texaco, when the partnership ended.
Some tech detail about the colors:
Glasurit paint codes:
Light Blue: GLASURIT-BMW 5002
Purple: GLASURIT-BMW 4000
Red: GLASURIT-BMW 353
Light Blue: 0,138,201 (Hex: #008AC9)
Purple: 43,17,90 (Hex: #2B115A)
Red: 241,26,34 (Hex: #F11A22)
Light Blue: Pantone Process Blue
Purple: Pantone 268
Red: Pantone Warm Red
Well, did I miss something, or did I write something that's not quite true? Do you know any more interesting stuff about BMW's?
Feel free to comment!