Know Thy Germans: The BMW 502

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When people think of post-war BMWs, the first car that comes to mind is the funktastic three/four-wheeled Isetta. But the 502, known as the "Baroque Angel," came first. Available as a sedan, a coupe and a cabriolet, we're more smitten with the 4-door. Not only is the best looking of the trio, but, well, suicide doors uber alles. Plus, it looks like a Jaguar with a VW Beetle grafted on top. More cool, it featured Germany's first post-war V8; an all aluminum baby that clocked in at just 2.6-Liters (later bored out to 3.2). Sadly, they were hella expensive and most Germans were flat broke. Hence, bubble cars. The "spiritual predecessor" to the modern day 5-series also ran La Carrera Panamericana. We love that. Make the jump for more old school Bimmer action.


1954 BMW 502 [conceptcarz]

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