A Brief History of BMW

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Bavarian Motor Works, otherwise known as BMW, is one of the most popular and well-known automakers in the world. However, how much do you know about the company?

With one of the most interesting stories in the history of cars, you’ll come to appreciate the automaker even more after learning its story. Below is everything you need to know about the history of BMW:

Originally an aircraft manufacturing firm, BMW was forced to stop manufacturing aircrafts at the end of World War I due to the Versailles Peace Treaty. Then, as restrictions began to be lifted from the treaty, BMW began manufacturing motorcycles in 1923. The automaker began to manufacture cars in 1928.

As tensions began to rise in Europe in the 1930s, BMW once again began producing aircraft engines for the aerial division of the German army, the Luftwaffe. Following World War II, BMW found itself in trouble yet again. This time it was financial trouble.

Noticing other airplane manufacturers who had successfully pivoted to the growing automotive industry after the war, BMW decided to enter back into the car manufacturing game.

After purchasing the rights to manufacture the Italian Iso Isetta, BMW started gaining traction in the market.

The rest, as they say, is history.

To learn more about BMW and everything that the automaker has to offer, come speak to our experts at Union Park BMW.

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