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10 fun facts: BMW

Updated on April 10, 2012

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!

Latest update: Refreshed all modules (amazon, cafepress...) & added a poll - don't forget to vote!

One update ago: History and facts about the BMW ///M logo - what do the colors mean?

BMW logo
BMW logo

01: The name...

What does BMW stand for?

BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke.

In English, that would be: Bavarian Motor Works

BMW logo and airplane
BMW logo and airplane

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. :)

1933 BMW 303
1933 BMW 303

03: The face...

When did they start to use that kidney grille?

From Wikipedia:

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:

Wikipedia article on BMW 303

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... :)

BMW E12 5 series
BMW E12 5 series

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.

BMW 3 series 2008 facelift E90 blueprint
BMW 3 series 2008 facelift E90 blueprint

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?

See results
BMW 700 luxus
BMW 700 luxus

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.

It had:

  • rear mounted engine
  • rear wheel drive
  • air cooled engine
  • boxer engine

And, if you really want it - compare it to a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia...

BMW 5 series - E39 Touring - E34 convertible
BMW 5 series - E39 Touring - E34 convertible

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

do exist!

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.

BMW Dixi
BMW Dixi

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...)

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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.

BMW April Fools Day Wiper Marketing
BMW April Fools Day Wiper Marketing

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:

Link:

BMW April fools day adverts

Don't forget to come back ;)

Bob Marley
Bob Marley

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.

Quote:

"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...

Enjoy!

Bonus!

All about ///M logo!

BMW M Logo history
BMW M Logo history

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

RGB:

Light Blue: 0,138,201 (Hex: #008AC9)

Purple: 43,17,90 (Hex: #2B115A)

Red: 241,26,34 (Hex: #F11A22)

Pantone colors:

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!

Any comments? - I love comments.

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      trustedcarbuyer 3 years ago

      Did not know the first car they made was called Dixi! No wonder soon they dropped it.

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      Fricasse 4 years ago

      Love Bimmers !

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      They are great cars

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      They are great cars

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Cool; my daughter has a BMW and I knew none of this lol.

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      rafael-portilho 4 years ago

      bmw das beste Auto

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      CEFA-CEFA 5 years ago

      cool staff

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      very nice lens with a lot of bmw informations

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very cool lens.

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      succesful-dylan 5 years ago

      Go Bob Marley and the Waivers :D

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      curtmaxwall 5 years ago

      BMWs are one of my favorites and you have put great information on them in this lens.. Loved reading the BMW trivia...

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      carjunctions 5 years ago

      not doubt that are best lens and we have a lot of BMW stock available for japan used cars.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always nice to see someone passionate in cars. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Great lens with excellent pictures. Thank you very much!

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      deliverator 5 years ago

      Loved the trivia and some new facts! Well written, too. Carwise, I owned and abused a nice E12 (525) for many years.

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Although a BMW is just another car I will never be able to afford! :(

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Although a BMW is just another car I will never be able to afford! :(

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome info - thanks for sharing! :)

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      Edwardjames81 5 years ago

      An interesting and fun lens this - Nice one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cool facts and nice trivia! Very interesting read indeed!

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      editionh 5 years ago

      I loved our 316i until we lost it in a crash. Each time I see one of those I think that was the best (looking) car they ever built. The No1 is not too bad, but all the rest of it .....

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      zav 5 years ago

      Brilliant lens. I love finding out bits of info like this. Thanks

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      These were so interesting to look through. I never knew about the April Fools jokes.

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      TheBaseballCoach 5 years ago

      My son has a 325XI what a joy to drive

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      Iain84 5 years ago

      I think I saw an 850 convertible at a car show a few years ago. It wasn't badged as BMW but it clearly was an 8 series. Great lens!

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      mothersdayflowersmacon 5 years ago

      I love BMW's they are some of the best cars that I have owned

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      brelokzz 5 years ago

      I actually did not know many of these tuff. thanks for sharing it with us :)

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      danzuc76 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Im a BMW fan and didn't know all the facts. Nice one!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I'm a Mercedes owner but drove and loved the BMWs when I was checking out new cars. Do a lens on Mercedes next please.

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      hamster1960 5 years ago

      Great! I never know where the blue and white came from, I knew they had an aircraft history. My favorite BMW is the 2003 540i

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Eveyone's dream car for 'maybe some day' and it's a beauty at any age!

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      bmw_chad 5 years ago

      Great lens, a lot of these points are actually taught to BMW salespeople in their online education, interesting to find them here.

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      WerewolfCustoms1 5 years ago

      @jeffersonline: Congratulations :)

      BTW, I'm already on my 7th BMW... :)

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      Great lens here - I'm off to buy my 5th Beemer tomorrow!

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      Steve-H 5 years ago

      Great Page! I miss my Bimmer :(

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      stylingparts 5 years ago

      Bob Marley and the Wailers is that true ?? lol

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      A BMW is kind of on my wish list, but I have a 2006 car with only 7000 miles on it so I need to keep it awhile to get my money's worth out of it. I looked at the deals recently, now every time I'm online a BMW ad comes up ... even shows a pink one. No, I wouldn't do pink in a car :) Love your fun facts!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. Thanks.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for providing all these interesting facts and BMW products. I didn't even know that Bob Marley owned one!

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      renttoownmyhome 6 years ago

      Interesting Bimmer Facts... Great Lens! Thanks, Fellow BMW Lover

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I was in the auto industry for over 10 years and I never realized BMW actually stood for something. LOL! Very interesting facts you've gathered. Nice job!

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      outsource123 6 years ago

      This lens has very interesting news. Great..

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      That's A Nice fun fact list.