Think you know everything there is to know about BMW? Chances are you haven’t heard at least one of these unique facts from the automaker’s history. It’s time to take a quick and wild trip through time to see what BMW has been up to since its launch in 1916!
It Wasn’t Always a Car Company
Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) was preceded by Rapp Mortenwereke and Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFw), makers of aircraft engines. Rapp Mortenwereke became BMW in 1917, and both companies continued working on planes until the Treaty of Versailles was signed after WWI. This restricted what the German company could manufacture, but instead of closing its doors, BMW switched its focus to making motorcycles, farm equipment and brakes for use in railways.
Dixi Kicked Off the BMW Auto Line