America’s Car Museum To Open New BMW Exhibit Celebrating 100 Years of “The Ultimate Driving (And Riding!) Machine”

1954 BMW R68 (Photo: earlesfork.com)
1954 BMW R68 (Photo: earlesfork.com)

To celebrate BMW’s Centennial Anniversary, America’s Car Museum (ACM) is opening a new exhibit on May 7,  “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation,” highlighting some of the brand’s most gripping vehicles and motorcycles. BMW has amassed a strong sub-culture by redefining performance luxury vehicles, such as the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, 1988 BMW E30 M3 and the forward-looking 2016 BMW i8, which are all included in the display.

While BMW began manufacturing airplane engines in 1916, it wasn’t until 1923 that the Munich-based company put together its first successful motorcycle, the R32. The R32 featured the now-iconic “boxer” engine configuration, a hallmark design of BMW motorcycles ever since.

To pay respect to such a storied brand, ACM enlisted the help of several of its long-time backers – including ACM Board Member Manfred Scharmach, renowned BMW collector Peter Gleeson and Brooks Motor Works owner Kevin Brooks – to ensure that “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation” would have an unmatched assortment of vintage and modern BMWs for guests of all ages.

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Cars featured in “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation” include:

1938 Frazer-Nash BMW 328 Roadster

1939 BMW 327/28

1957 BMW Isetta 300

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1959 BMW 507

1972 BMW 2002tii

1973 BMW 3.0 CSL

1974 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile

1978 BMW M1 Art Car

1980 BMW M1

1988 BMW E30 M3

1988 BMW M6

2000 BMW M5

2003 BMW Z8 Alpina

2006 BMW Z4M Racer

2011 BMW 1M

2016 BMW i8

2016 BMW i3

2016 BMW X6

 

Motorcycles featured in “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation” include:

1954 BMW R68/1400

1955 BMW 500cc Bonneville S/C Racer with sidecar

1968 BMW R60/2 café

1975 BMW R90S

1975 BMW R90S

“BMW’s centennial celebration is a huge milestone, which we wanted to honor in a big way,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “The support we received from the BMW community resulted in more vehicle submissions than any other display in ACM’s four-year history. It allowed us to secure a robust assortment vehicles and led to one of our best exhibits to date.”

For more information on the “BMW: Propelling a Century of Innovation” and other exhibits currently on view at ACM, visit americascarmuseum.org.

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