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Official BMW Club

Official BMW Club

Official BMW Club


BMW 500 Series Saloons

Date of manufacture

1952 – 1964

Bodywork type(s)

Saloon(nearly all build by BAUR / Stuttgart)


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


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


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


Wheelbase 2835 mm

Track front/rear 1322 mm/1408 mm

Length/width 4730 mm/1780 mm

Tyres 5.50 x 16


Fuel capacity 58 litres

Max speed 84 mph

Number produced 2321 incl. chassis

Club Mailing Address

BMW Historic Motor Club
Lower Norgrove,
Yarrington Road,

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