Larger V8 engines made for some much more desirable models in the 501 and 502 range
Even during the 1950s, BMW had cottoned on to the creation of more desirable models simply by adding larger engines. It was a policy that would serve the company well for generations to come. Just like its six-cylinder counterpart, the V8 was available in saloon, coupé and cabriolet forms. As the years passed, and sales success evaded the ambitious car, the engine was expanded to its ultimate 3.2-litre form, which developed an impressive 160bhp. But in cash-starved '50s and early '60s Germany, few buyers stumped up and bought a BMW.