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BMW 500 Series Saloons

Date of manufacture 1952 – 1964
Bodywork type(s) Saloon(nearly all build by BAUR / Stuttgart)
Engine Type Inline 6 cylinder
Capacity 1971cc
Bore x stroke 66mm x 96mm
Power 65bhp @ 4400rpm
Compression 6.8:1
Carburettors 1, Twin choke, Solex 30 mm downdraught
Valve design Overhead, 2 per cylinder
Valve gear Camshaft in block. Rockers, tappets and springs
Electrics 12 volt
Transmission Clutch Dry single disc ( Fichtel & Sachs, KF 12-Z 5, 200 mm diameter)
Gearbox ratios ZF   S4 – 15            (below front seats)
1st 4.24:1
2nd 2.35:1
3rd 1.49:1
4th 1.00:1
Axle ratio 4.225
Synchromesh 1st – 4th
Chassis Frame “Full protection” longitudinal box section with tubular cross beams
Suspension Front: Double wishbones, adjustable torsion bars
Rear: Live axle with adjustable torsion bars
Steering Bevel gear segment and pinion
Brakes Four wheel hydraulic, drum breaks, self adjusting
Handbrake: cables on rear wheels
Dimensions Wheelbase 2835 mm
Track front/rear 1322 mm/1408 mm
Length/width 4730 mm/1780 mm
Tyres 5.50 x 16
General Fuel capacity 58 litres
Max speed 84 mph
Number produced 2321 incl. chassis
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