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Here’s a little quiz to see what you know about BMW’s history

(There are six correct #1 answers, seven correct #2 answers, and seven correct #3 answers.)

A. BMW’s business dropped to nothing when the Treaty of Versailles forbade Germany to build –

1. Military aircraft

2. Motorcycles

3. Automobiles

B. In 1923 BMW produced the R32, the first motorcycle ever with –

1. A spring-bottomed seat

2. A passenger side car

3. Front shocks suspension

C. BMW’s first sports car was the –

1. 303

2. 315

3. 507

D. BMW’s postwar 505 model was limited in production to –

1. 287 cars

2. 141 cars

3. 2 cars

E. Albrecht Goertz designed the 507 model and the model –

1. 3200CS

2. 2000C

3. 503

F. The Isetta remained in production at BMW until May of –

1. 1962

2. 1963

3. 1964

G. From 1957 to 1964 Isettas were also made in –

1. Austria

2. England

3. Italy

H. The body for the 700 came from the design studios of –

1. Michelotti

2. Bertone

3. Renzo Rivolta

I. BMW’s first unibody automobile was the –

1. 1500

2. 1800 TI/SA

3. 700

J. BMW’s first fuel-injected production vehicle was the –

1. 3200CS

2. 2000tii

3. 2002tii

K. The new post-war, 6-cylinder engine in the 2500 and 2800 models had an interesting new feature in the combustion chamber. The factory referred to this design as Dreikugelwirbelwannenbrennraum, which meant –

1. Downforced air-inducing combustion chamber

2. Trispherical turbulence-inducing combustion chamber

3. Dual port downforced chamber flow

L. The following model was the fastest of the three with a top speed of 127mph –

1. 507

2. 3200CS

3. 2800CS

M. The Bavaria model was created –

1. To meet strict U.S. emissions requirements

2. Solely for the U.S. market

3. As a result of the oil crisis

N. The first BMW 6-cylinder sedan to have a black grill was the –

1. 3.0S

2. 3.0Si

3. Bavaria

O. The street version of the 3.0CSL could be identified immediately by –

1. Its skimpy black bumpers

2. The upgraded Blaupunkt cassette/radio

3. The wiper blades on the left side of the windshield instead of the right

P. The last 02-bodied BMW rolled off the assembly line in –

1. 1976

2. 1977

3. 1978

Q. The oil embargo of 1973 resulted in the Bonn government –

1. Imposing highway speed limits and banning Sunday driving

2. Restricting individuals to a 200 mile driving limit per car each week

3. Endorsing BMW’s economical model 1502

R. The 2002 turbo was not exported to the U.S. because –

1. It emitted more pollutants than the 2002tii and could not pass the strict emissions requirements.

2. The factory did not run an emissions certification test on the model

3. It was created strictly for Germany’s autobahns

S. In 1933 the first original BMW design appeared with the model 303 and the 3-digit numerical designation was born. A different 3-digit system was used in postwar cars until 1962. Then in the 1970s BMW returned to the 3-digit system with the model –

1. 320

2. 518

3. 520

T. The 1972 Turbo special show coupe with its gullwing doors had a drivetrain that consisted of –

1. A turbocharged 2002tii engine, mated to a standard 2002 4-speed gearbox

2. A turbocharged 3.0CSL engine, mated to a Getrag 5-speed gearbox

3. A fuel-injected 3.3 liter engine, mated to a ZF automatic gearbox

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Thank you Bob for the quick response!

I'm not gonna tell y'all my answers so we don't have people looking over my shoulders.... here's the reply I got from Bob (Tilux).

very good!

I missed only one! My "boss" Sean Casey is going to laugh though, because it's the very model that he specializes in. We just finished an engine bay restoration of one too....


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