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BMW had already earned a reputation for sporting saloon cars prior to World War II. When car production gradually resumed in West Germany after the war, BMW unveiled its first postwar saloon car. Introduced in 1951, the 501 was a large, bulbuous and sturdy sedan powered by a six-cylinder motor, which had some task to haul that heavy body. The car earned the tag "Baroque Angels" because its round lines resembled the sculpted angels found on cathederals in Germany and Austria.
Three years later, BMW unveiled Germany's first postwar eight-cylinder motor. The new V8 motor was available in 2.6 (501 V8) or 3.2 (502) versions. It's worth noting that the same basic chassis would underpin the sporting 503, 507 and 3200 CS. Whilst they achieved some recognition, they were always in the shadow of Mercedes-Benz's prestige offerings. The styling is also a matter of debate, some might have been turned off by its archaic, baroque looks. Sales were slow, and it was a clear indicator of trouble at BMW in the late 50s, as its strategy of exclusive luxury cars on one hand and economy and bubble cars at the other extreme (besides their extensive motorcycle range) was not working.
Nevertheless, the V8 saloons soldiered on into the 1960s in updated form, as the 2600 and 3200. The 3200S with twin carbs was in fact one of the faster saloon cars of the day. The seemingly ageless Baroque Angels survived until 1964, by that time BMW was moving into a different direction and it wasn't until the end of the decade would return to the prestige saloon market.
These cars certainly did have much to commend them, as the V8 engine was acclaimed by enthusiasts and strongly parochial Bavarian officialdom often preferred them to the "northern" Mercedes-Benz offerings. Whilst they haven't achieved the recognition of contemporary Mercedes-Benz and various large British saloon cars, they are nonetheless rare enough to command decent prices on today's market.
 

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where do you think they're going??
lol

and what's with the green police one under the Brooklyn Bridge? the timing of that seems off with the Trade Center in the background
 

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Not to worry. The 1500 was introduced in 1962 and proved to be (1) the car that saved BMW and (2) the car which the basic styling and engineering themes for BMW until recently.
The 700 was a minicar which gained some racing pedigree, and like the V8 saloons plodded along until 1964.
 
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