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BMW 501 (1952-1964) specifications

These luxury saloons cemented BMW as a luxury car manufacturer


Starting from near enough the ground up, BMW worked quickly to design, develop and launch the brand new 501 from its new factory in Munich. But what an impressive fresh beginning – the saloon and roadsters were impressively styled (hence the nickname ‘Baroque Angel’), refined, expensive and luxurious. Initially powered by pre-war 326 engine, upgraded to 2.1 litres in 1955. Considering Germany was recovering from the effects of WW2, it was probably a case of too much, too soon, but these grand cars put BMW firmly on the map.

Production

  • Production:
    8936
  • Price at launch:
    £2,458
  • Price (excellent)
    £30,000
  • Price (good):
    £22,500
  • Price (average):
    £13,000
  • Price (project):
    £6,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    17.2secs
  • Top speed:
    95.0mph
  • Power:
    73.0bhp
  • Torque:
    80.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    straight-six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, torsion bar, wishbone
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, torsion bar
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4800mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2843mm
  • Width:
    1803mm
  • Height:
    1459mm
  • Weight:
    1334kgs

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