“Bayerische Motoren Werke means Bavarian Engine Works. Until the late 20s this company built mainly aeroplanes (hence the propeller-like logo) and stationary engines. In 1929 it commenced manufacturing passenger cars under the licence of Austin. Early post-war years were a hard time for BMW which was losing market to Volkswagen and Borgward. A breakthrough came in 1962 with the Neue Klasse sedan, which looked great and delivered good driving experience with a sporty feel. This car has started a BMW success story that lasts for more than 50 years now and is underlined with the company’s slogan „Sheer driving pleasure”. The 70s and 80s were plentiful with legendary BMW models, that combined robust construction with power. BMW is famous for its consistent devotion to rear wheel drive, even when most of the car manufacturers switched to front wheel drive. Their second trademark feature is the 6-cylinder inline engine. Our collection is enriched by perfect examples of series 5, 6, 7 and 8.”

BMW 6

BMW came out unscathed  from the fuel crisis of 1973-1974 and already in 1975 noted an increase in sales…

BMW came out unscathed from the fuel crisis of 1973-1974 and already in 1975 noted an increase in sales. This encouraged the management to speed up works on a grand, luxury coupe, which was to replace the E9 model, produced since the 60s. The main designer, Paul Bracq, did a fantastic job: the 6 series model (E24) turned heads with a modern outline, lured with dynamic engines and a high level of safety, as well as rich (for the 70s) equipment. The best selling versions were the 633CSi and 635CSi, most often with black leather upholstery.

The car, despite its high price, gathered enthusiastic reviews. It was readily bought by people known today as celebrities, such as Mike Tyson. Although the suspension actually came from the 5 series E12 (slightly strengthened), the car handled much better and allowed a safe ride at even 200 km/h. Successively more innovations were introduced: during the model’s restyling in 1982 the ABS was added as a standard feature, as well as suspension from the newer 5 series (E28) and a new 3.5 engine, which was bored out from a 3.3 unit of the 633CSi. It was not until 1984, 8 years after the car’s debut, that BMW decided to present a special version, the M635CSi (known in the US as M6) with an extraordinary M88 engine and 286 HP. The 24-valve M635CSi allowed to hit 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. Its performance gained respect, but the astronomical price limited the production to just 5.8 thousand units of this version.

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Engine: 3453cm2/R6
Power: 218KM/304NM
V-max: 225km/h
0-100km/h: 7,3 s
Year: 1988
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Engine: 3210cm3/R6
Power: 200KM/285NM
V-max: 215km/h
0-100km/h: 8,1 s
Year: 1984
Engine: 3453 cm3/R6
Power: 286 KM/340 Nm
V-max: 255 km/h
0-100km/h: 6,0 s
Engine: 3453cm2/R6
Power: 218KM/304NM
V-max: 225km/h
0-100km/h: 7,3 s

BMW 7

Fans of the car brand from Munich agree that the E38 is the last of the classic, large BMWs. This model has turned 20 years old and is slowly starting to develop a classic character, which it fully deserves…

Fans of the car brand from Munich agree that the E38 is the last of the classic, large BMWs. This model has turned 20 years old and is slowly starting to develop a classic character, which it fully deserves. Work on this car took 6 six years, with production taking off in February 1994. BMW made it no secret that the 7 series was to be more of a “driver’s car” than the Mercedes-Benz: lighter, more sport-like in handling and also – contrary to the S-class – available in a configuration of a “V8 engine and manual gearbox”.

Initially the engine line-up was based on V8 units, but already 1995 brought a version that everyone was waiting for: the 750i with a V12 engine. The 5.4 litre engine achieved 326 HP and could hit 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. In reality the 750i was not faster that the 740i, but it was significantly superior to the 8-cylinder version in terms of NVH, developing horsepower and level of equipment.

The 7 series was always a trendsetter when it came to equipment. From the very beginning of production the car had, among others, electronically controlled dampers, traction control and two airbags. The lifting of the car in 1998 made the DSC (ESC) as a standard feature, while the 2000 restyling brought xenon headlights and satellite navigation. The most rare features are an active cruise control system (ACC) and multi-contour seats. An often mentioned interesting detail regarding the E38 is a radical increase in sales of this model in the final period of its production, after its successor was presented. Clients decided that it was the last moment to purchase a BMW with a traditional body outline for this brand and began to collectively buy out the remaining production stock. The 7 series E38 was produced in 340 thousand units, including more than 15 thousand with a 12 cylinder engine.

Engine: 5379cm3/V12
Power: 326KM/490Nm
V-max: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6,8s
Year: 1997
Engine: 5379cm3/V12
Power: 326KM/490NM
V-max: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6,5 s
Year: 1999
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BMW 8

“Let’s show Mercedes-Benz that it doesn’t hold a monopoly on the super-coupe” – this was the main concept behind the BMW 8 series. The car, works on which had been taking place since the mid-80s, was to surpass the earlier produced 6 series in every aspect…

“Let’s show Mercedes-Benz that it doesn’t hold a monopoly on the super-coupe” – this was the main concept behind the BMW 8 series. The car, works on which had been taking place since the mid-80s, was to surpass the earlier produced 6 series in every aspect. The development of this vehicle used computer design, which in those times was a complete innovation. A then excellent drag coefficient of 0,29 was achieved. It was decided that this vehicle would have a hardtop body (without a central B-pillar to add lightness) and that noteworthy performances would only be ensured by a 12 cylinder engine. The equipment was also the absolute cream of the crop. Leather memory seats, air-conditioning, an onboard computer – all this was offered as standard equipment. BMW also had an ace up their sleeve for even more demanding clients – they could optionally choose the AHK system from the 850 CSi version – it included four wheel steering and an active rear axle, thanks to which this coupe handled as though on railway tracks, despite its almost 2-ton mass.

Three different V12 engines were used in the 8 series: a five liter with a power of 300 HP (850i), a 5.4 326 HP (850Ci) and a 5.6 380 HP in the CSi version. In 1993 a more price friendly version was added to the line-up in the shape of a V8 with a 4.4 engine and a power of 286 HP.

Unfortunately, despite all the technological assets, fantastic performance results and luxury equipment, the 8 series was not a success. A horrendously high price was just one of the reasons. The second was the recession in the early 90s and a significant increase of material prices. Only 31 thousand copies were made. Today the most luxurious BMW of the 90s is quickly becoming more and more expensive. Those with a manual gearbox are especially sought after.

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Engine: 4998cm3/V12
Power: 300KM/450NM
V-max: 250km/h electronically limited
0-100km/h: 7,4 s
Year: 1991

BMW 5

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Engine: 4941cm3/V8
Power: 400KM/500NM
V-max: 250km/h electronically limited
0-100km/h: 5,3s
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BMW 3

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