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BMW: From DIXI to BMW 328 (1928-1936)

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Bayerische Motoren Werke
When BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) started in 1928, there where 25 German Car brands on the market, now this number shrunk to 7.
BMW was founded on the 20th July 1917, when it all started with building plane engines.
In 1924 there were 2194 employees in the Eisenbach factory, which built the first Dixi's. This car is pictured on the background, the last dixi's leave the factory here, so that BMW could take over the company.
Dixi 3/15 DA1
The charm of the DA1 Dixi 3/15 is still clearly recognizable, the last of these 4831 machines were built more than 60 years ago.
Mechanically, they are practically the same as the Austin Seven, including the synchronized 3 speed gearbox and an 748 cc engine Dixi 3/15 DA1 Dixi 3/15 DA4.

BMW 3/15 Limousine (1929-32)

Engine
Cylinders   4 in line
Bore / Stroke   56 x 76 mm
Displacement   748,5 cc
Compression Ratio   5.6 : 1
Carburetor   Solex
Power   15 hp @ 300 rpm
Transmission
Clutch   Single dry clutch
Gearbox   Not synchronized 3-gearbox
Chassis
Weight   485 to 535 kg
Wheelbase   1900 mm
Track, front   1000 mm
Track, rear   1030 mm
Tires   27 x 4". Type DA4: 4.00 x 18
Wheels   Spokes
Performance
Top speed   75 km/h
Fuel consumption   6 l / 100 km
Numbers built   6600 DA2
2575 DA4
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Dixi 3/15 DA4
Also in this Dixi 3/15 DA4 the basic design of the Austin-Dixi is still very recognizable.
Next to the limousine version, there were also open versions.
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Dixi 3/20
With the 3/20, in 1932 the first own construction BMW was presented.
The engine was still based on the engine from Austin, but it has now got head valves.
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