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    BMW Motorrad is the motorcycle brand of the German company BMW, part of its Corporate and Brand Development division. It has produced motorcycles since 1923,...

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  • BMW 7 Series (E23) BMW 7 Series (E23)

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  • BMW 6 Series (E24) BMW 6 Series (E24)

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  • BMW 5 Series (E34) BMW 5 Series (E34)

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  • BMW S1000RR BMW S1000RR

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  • BMW VI BMW VI

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  • BMW 7 Series (F01) BMW 7 Series (F01)

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  • BMW 5 Series (E39) BMW 5 Series (E39)

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  • BMW 5 Series (E60) BMW 5 Series (E60)

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  • BMW 3 Series (F30) BMW 3 Series (F30)

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  • BMW 7 Series (E65) BMW 7 Series (E65)

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  • BMW 3 Series (E30) BMW 3 Series (E30)

    The BMW E30 is the second generation of BMW 3 Series, which was produced from 1982-1994 and replaced the E21 3 Series. The model range included coupe and con...

  • BMW New Six BMW New Six

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  • BMW 3 Series (E46) BMW 3 Series (E46)

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  • BMW 2 Series (F22) BMW 2 Series (F22)

    The first generation of the BMW 2 Series consists of the BMW F22 and BMW F23 subcompact executive cars. The F22/F23 has been in production since November 201...

  • BMW New Class BMW New Class

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  • BMW 5 Series (E12) BMW 5 Series (E12)

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  • BMW 5 Series (G30) BMW 5 Series (G30)

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  • BMW 3 Series (E21) BMW 3 Series (E21)

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  • BMW 3 Series (E90) BMW 3 Series (E90)

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  • BMW 3 Series (E36) BMW 3 Series (E36)

    The BMW E36 is the third generation of the BMW 3 Series range of compact executive cars, and was produced from 1990 to 2000. The initial models were of the f...

  • BMW M BMW M

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  • Alpina Alpina

    Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG is an automobile manufacturing company based in Buchloe, in the Ostallgau district of Bavaria, Germany that develops...

  • Mini (marque) Mini (marque)

    Mini is a British automotive marque founded in 1969, owned by German automotive company BMW since 2000, and used by them for a range of small cars. The word ...

  • BMW i BMW i

    The BMW i is a sub-brand of BMW founded in 2011 to design and manufacture plug-in electric vehicles. The companys initial plans call for the release of two v...

  • BMW Z BMW Z

    The BMW Z models are a line of roadsters manufactured by German automaker BMW. The Z stands for z ukunft, and has been produced in four different series with...

  • BMW X7 BMW X7

    The BMW X7 is a full-sized luxury sport utility vehicle manufactured by BMW. It is BMWs flagship Sports Activity Vehicle. The X7 was first announced by BMW i...

  • BMW X6 BMW X6

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  • BMW X5 (E53) BMW X5 (E53)

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  • BMW X3 BMW X3

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  • BMW 8 Series BMW 8 Series

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  • BMW 6 Series BMW 6 Series

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  • BMW 5 Series BMW 5 Series

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  • BMW 4 Series BMW 4 Series

    The BMW 4 Series is a range of coupe, convertible and fastback models manufactured by the German automaker BMW since 2013. It was unveiled at the North Ameri...

  • BMW 3 Series BMW 3 Series

    The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive car manufactured by the German automaker BMW since May 1975. It is the successor to the 02 Series and has been produc...

  • BMW 2 Series BMW 2 Series

    The BMW 2 Series is a subcompact executive car produced by BMW. The 2 Series has several different body styles. It is available as a compact coupe that repla...

  • BMW 1 Series (E87) BMW 1 Series (E87)

    The first generation of the BMW 1 Series consists of the BMW E81, BMW E82, BMW E87 and BMW E88 compact cars. The E81/E82/E87/E88 generation was produced from...

BMW 700

The BMW 700 is a small rear-engined car which was produced by BMW in various models from August 1959 to November 1965. It was the first BMW automobile with a monocoque structure. The 700 was a sales success at a time when BMW was close to financial ruin. The 700 was also successful in its class in motorsport, both in its stock form and as the basis of a racing special called the 700RS.
More than 188.000 were sold before production ended in November 1965. Upon discontinuing the 700, BMW left the economy car market.

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1. Concept, design, and engineering
Wolfgang Denzel, the distributor of BMW cars in Austria, commissioned Giovanni Michelotti to prepare concept sketches based on a lengthened BMW 600 chassis. In January 1958, Denzel was awarded a development contract for the 700. Denzel presented a prototype to BMWs management in July 1958. The concept, a two-door coupe with a slanted roof, was generally well received, but objections were raised about the limited passenger space. BMW decided to produce two versions, the coupe, and a two-door sedan with a taller, longer roof.
The engineer responsible for the chassis and suspension was Willy Black, who had designed and engineered the 600. The drivetrain and suspension were similar to those of the 600, with a rear-mounted flat-twin engine powering the rear wheels, leading arm suspension at the front, and semi trailing arm suspension at the rear. The 700 used a steel monocoque structure, and was the first BMW automobile to do so.
The engine was an enlarged version of that used in the R67 motorcycle and the 600. With a bore of 78 millimetres 3.1 in and 73 millimetres 2.9 in of stroke, the engine displaced 697 cubic centimetres 42.5 cu in. The engine originally used a single Solex 34PCI carburetor and had a compression ratio of 7.5:1, resulting in a power output of 30 horsepower 22 kW.

2. Reception
The coupe and saloon versions of the 700 were shown at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor Show. After the show, BMW received 25.000 orders for 700s. Production of the BMW 700 Coupe began in August 1959, with the saloon version following in December.
The large number of orders was welcome news for BMW, which was in a financial crisis. In December 1959, shareholders blocked a proposal by BMWs supervisory board to merge BMW into Daimler-Benz. The subsequent heavy investment in BMW by Herbert Quandt has been attributed in part to the success of the 700.
By April 1960, production of the 700 was at 155 cars per day. 188.211 BMW 700s were built in five years of production.

3. Development
The first variant of the 700 to appear after the original coupe and saloon was the 700 Sport in August 1960. Available only as a coupe, the Sport used an uprated engine with a pair of Solex carburetors and a 9.0:1 compression ratio. This brought the power output to 40 PS 29 kW. The Sport also had a rear anti-roll bar. A ribbed oil pan was used to reduce the oil temperature of the more powerful engine. The 700 Sport was renamed the 700 CS in 1963.
The 700 Cabriolet was introduced shortly after the 700 Sport, and was available only with the Sports 40 horsepower engine. The convertible body was made by Karosserie Baur of Stuttgart. 2.592 convertibles were built.
A Saxomat semi-automatic transmission was offered as an option on 700s from September 1960.
The 700 Luxus deluxe replaced the original saloon in 1962. A longer wheelbase variant, the LS, was also added, extending the wheelbase by 16 centimetres 6.3 in.
In February 1963, the size of the inlet valves in the 700s base engine was increased. This increased power to 32 PS 24 kW.
The final development of the 700 was the 700 LS Coupe of 1964. This was a long-wheelbase coupe with the Sport engine. 1.730 LS Coupes were built.
Production of the BMW 700 ended in November 1965. By that time, the successful New Class cars had established themselves in the marketplace. High demand for these larger cars with larger profit margins led BMW to stop making economy cars. BMW eventually returned to the economy car market in 2002 with the Mini.
An attempt to transfer the rights to body production and export markets of the 700 to Autocars Co. in Israel in 1965 fell through. E. Illin Industries had earlier tried to start an enterprise in assembling 700s in Israel, which resulted in four 700s being assembled there in April 1963. The 700 was assembled in Argentina by Metalmecanica SAIC and sold as a De Carlo 700 Glamor until 1964 when the same running gear was clothed with a Simca 1000 look-alike body as the De Carlo SL. A small number of coupes were assembled there in 1961.

4. Motorsport
Several racing drivers competed in BMW 700s. Hans Stuck won the 1960 German Hillclimb Championship in a 700. Stuck and Sepp Grieger drove another to a class victory at the 1960 Hockenheim 12-hour race. Walter Schneider and Leo Levine raced a 700 to a class victory at the Nurburgring six-hour touring car race in 1960. Schneider went on to win the 1961 German saloon car title. Also in 1961, a BMW 700 won its class at Monza, beating their greatest rival Abarth on their home ground. Other drivers competing in 700s included Jacky Ickx, Hubert Hahne, and Alpina founder Burkard Bovensiepen.
700 RS
The 700 RS was a sports racing car based on the 700. It had a tubular frame chassis, special, lightweight, aerodynamic bodywork, and a double overhead camshaft engine tuned to 70 PS 51 kW; 69 hp. Hans Stuck campaigned the 700RS with success.

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BMW 3 Series

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BMW 4 Series

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