First presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1951, the BMW 501 marked the first series-produced BMW since the war and represented the opening ripple in what was to become a gathering wave of success for BMW until this day. BMW continued to stand out with the release of the 502 and by 1954 it became the world’s first volume-produced vehicle to be fitted with a V8 built from aluminium; a remarkable success.
Resultantly, the BMW 501 and 502 had cemented the company’s reputation as the leading manufacturer of prestigious and sporting sedans and cabriolets, and made the history books as the first German V8 engine built from aluminium. The unique and captivating design earned the nickname “Baroque Angel”.
Described to be in near-excellent condition throughout, #61128 has been subject to a restoration several years ago that included a complete interior re-trim and today the wooden trimmings, paintwork, chrome and leather are overall very good and show signs of only light use; as the car in recent years has been used regularly yet sparingly as a good weather vehicle or for classic car events.
The mechanics are described to be in excellent condition throughout and the groundbreaking aluminium 3.2 litre BMW block is said to produce 140HP on the open road. Not bad for a 1950’s luxury saloon!