BMW started producing cars in 1929. They bought Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, a factory that at that time was producing Austin Sevens under license. BMW’s engineers were very good in developing cars, so they started with an Austin Sevens, and ended with six cylinder luxury cars. The first models were the same or similar to the Austin Sevens. Later they started producing big six cylinder luxury cars. In 1938 BMW produces its first sports car, the BMW 328. Until World War II, BMW was producing, aircraft engines, cars and motorcycles. During the World War II they had to produce aircraft engines and motorcycles. Production of the cars was completely stopped.
In the war factory was damaged, but BMW survived, producing pots, bicycles and pans until 1948, when they started producing motorcycles. Another BMW’s factory in Eisenach, was taken by the Soviet army, and they restarted production of pre-war BMW motorcycles and cars. They were producing these vehicles until 1955. After that year they started producing cars based on DKW design.
In 1952 BMW built 501 model, their first luxury model after the war. Because the sale was slow and low, BMW considered of selling some of the operations to the Daimler-Benz. But, Herbert Quandt wanted to invest into the future of this company. This investment was very successful. With that investment and profits from the BMW 700, this manufacturer started producing new classes of cars (BMW New Six and BMW New Class). BMW stat expanding, acquiring Rover Group and license, which allowed production of Rolls-Royce cars. The famous BMW logo, represent a white aircraft propeller, cutting the blue sky.
No need to travel far from EU institutions to find out about migrant labour conditions. At the Arts-Loi Metro station in Brussels, Mohammed, an undocumented Moroccan immigrant, worked for months for 50 euros a day to renovate it, and it was hard labour. You can find his portrait among the pictures…