Bayerische Motoren Werke AG - fairly obvious what an English translation would be - is the full name given to BMW. With over a century behind it, from an initial role as a producer of aircraft, the company moved into motorcycles in the early 1920s and on to automobiles by the time the decade was ending. The first production model was under licence from Austin in Birmingham, was called the Dixi, and was based on the Austin 7.
From that starting point to a sale of just short of two million BMW models worldwide in 2015 (plus a third of a million MINIs) is a startling journey to have made. When you add in other areas, such as motorsport and Formula One successes, with drivers such as Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, and as engine suppliers to other constructors, plus many touring car and rally successes, it's no wonder that BMW enjoys worldwide name and logo recognition. In the early 2000s, the company even produced a skateboard!
When you become this famous, then you can be referenced in some strange places. A few years ago, a contestant on a dating show in China was asked by a potential suitor if she would like to ride a bicycle on a date. Her answer was that she 'would rather cry in a BMW'!
Here at Slade's Garage in Penn, our history is only a few years shorter than that of BMW itself, as we were established in 1922. However, we have never created a skateboard, simply a reputation for offering quality vehicles. An excellent example is a BMW M4 Competition currently on our forecourt. With just 3,000 miles on the clock, this Black Sapphire Convertible says as much about BMW as an history lesson, although it is instantly clear that, through these many years, they have certainly learned much and offered more. See for yourself here.