BMW, as an automotive company, rose from the ashes of WWI; the Rapp Motorenwerke firm was prohibited from making aircraft engines under the Treaty of Versailles, and BMW was then established as a business entity. By 1923, BMW was making motorcycles, and automobile production started in the late 20s. Their first production car was the Dixi, based on the Austin 7 and licensed from Austin Motor Company.
By WWII, BMW ramped up production of aircraft engines again for the Luftwaffe, including a pioneering turbojet engine for German fighter planes. Their successful radial piston-engine designs gave the company a considerable headstart in engineering for the postwar years, and one of their first autos in the 1950s was the tiny three-wheel Isetta, a license-built version of an Italian design.
In 1966, BMW acquired Glas, a small German car company, mainly for their timing belt/overhead cam patent, and continued making Glas models briefly under the BMW name. By that time, though, the company already had a very successful line of their own, including cars like the 3200 CS Coupe, the 1500 sedan and 2000/2002 sedan. These “New Class” models boasted engineering features like front disc brakes, independent suspension all around and MacPherson struts, all rare for the time, and helped lay the groundwork for the 3 Series of the 1970s and 80s.
Today, BMW’s reputation as an upper-tier maker of performance cars has been unimpeachable for years. Along with coupes and sedans, BMW has expanded into crossovers, SUVs, wagons, hybrids and full-electric vehicles and exotic supercar models inspired by their decades in motorsport and racing.
BMW is also a pioneer in driver assistance technology – their latest advance is the ConnecteDrive system, which merges functions based on GPS, information technology and telecom through the vehicle’s on-board computer. Intelligent Parking, Intelligent Driving and Intelligent Vision are just a few more of BMW’s driver assistance systems, integrating real time traffic info, concierge services, emergency calling, remote services, connective technology and more into a complete, comprehensive package for drivers.
If you’re driving a BMW, your expectations are already high. You want the type of service and expertise that befits a car like a BMW, and that’s what you can expect at Modena Motorsport. Our factory-trained techs are qualified for Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, BMW and a number of other high-end brands, with decades of experience and the tools to make sure that every job is done right the first time.
We’re conveniently located in West Los Angeles, near West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood, and we cater to the drivers who can appreciate what their high-end vehicles really have to offer. Whether your BMW needs something as simple as an oil change or routine maintenance or something more involved such as major repairs or performance mods, we hope you’ll make an appointment with Modena Motorsport. Professionalism, integrity, expertise and dedication all mean that your BMW will be in good hands with us – call us today.
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