What did BMW manufactures before cars?
On 28 October, 1913, a German technical designer named Karl Rapp founded Rapp-Motorenwerke. He started off with manufacturing aircraft engines. However,the engines were not efficient enough. Karl Rapp’s financial struggles began there.
BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG eBavarian Motor Works) logo represents white propeller blades against a blue sky. It reflects the origins of BMW as a manufacturer of the military aircraft engines.During the First World War, Karl Rapp got an order of 600 airplane engines from the Prussian army which put him back in business. He eventually tormed a parnership with business owner Fran-Josef Popp who appointed new engineers to modify the en-
gines. The effort was not in vain. The engineperformance became better and by 1917, the company was renamed as Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW).
By 1923, BMW started experimenting with new designs and branched out to producing motorycles. They also began building the whole vehicle instead of engines alone. For a company in its infancy, this was a huge step.
How did the Second World War affect BMW?
During World War l1, BMW supplied aircraft and motor cycles for the German military. But once the Nazi army was defeated, the Allied forces dismantled all of BMW’s
plants due to their role in producing war materials.The company was nearly ruined. BMW did not have even a single manufacturing plant. To stay in business,BMW sold kitchen utensils.Surviving all the backlash,BMW bounced back in 1951,producing its first ever auto mobile after the war.The model 501 could seat six people comfortably and was marketed as a luxury car.This put BMW back on track and re-established its reputation as a vehicle manufacturer.The company achieved asteady growth in the next fifteen years. Over the decades, the company started manutacturing sports cars. It was a huge hit following which the BMW Motorsport subsidiary introduced new
lineups such as the BMN Mountains, Yachtsport, and Golfsport.
In1994, BMW acquired the British-based Rover Group, which is best known for sports vehicles. Later in 1998, BMW purchased the Rolls-Royce group.
The first BMW logo was created in 1917.It reflected the Bavarian statecolours- blue and white. It still main tains its original blue and white colours.