BMW: Cars From Above

BMW is one of the oldest and most lauded automotive manufacturers in the world. The BMW logo is one of the most recognizable logos in the world and has remained so for decades. While today they are known for making luxury cars, they have been involved in many different manufacturing projects. Regardless of what they have undertaken, quality has remained at the forefront of their endeavors.

The origins of BMW can be traced back to the son of the inventor of the four-stroke internal combustion engine, Gustav Otto. Otto, an avid aviator, was the founder of the initial company that led to BMW. He started a factory dedicated to the manufacturing of aircraft engines and parts. In 1918, his company was closed down and bought out by another company called Bayerische Flugzeugwerke.

Rapp Motorenwerke, a contemporary of Beyische Flugzeugwerke, began specializing in the construction of aircraft engines. Although the company supplied the Kaiser’s airforce during the war, their engines were criticized for a lack of durability. In an effort to address this design flaw, they hired a young designer named Max Friz. He developed an engine that was far superior to anything that had ever been made. The amazing thing is that he did it in a matter of weeks. Friz was quickly promoted and in 1917, the Rapp Motorenwerke and Bayerische Flugzeugwerke merged into Bayerische Motoren Werke. BMW thrived during the Second World War with its aircraft engine production.

Following the war, BMW was forced to close its doors. This only proved to be a temporary setback for BMW. They quickly translated their aircraft expertise into automotive excellence. Initially, BMW only built car and truck engines, but they soon expanded to include brakes systems and, thereafter, were manufacturing entire automobiles.

The BMW logo has been projected fine craftsmanship for close to a century. Currently, they are sought after in practically every country around the world. While they may be lavishly priced, many are available as certified pre-owned BMWs. Regardless of how you get one, they are well worth the money.

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