BMW 501 PININFARINA: THE ELEGANT ALTERNATIVE
At the end of World War II, BMW was trying to restart its car production and the first model was the 501.
Initially, for design, Peter Schimanowski was commissioned, who proposed a particularly unconventional and sinuous bodywork.
The leadership of the German company was at first perplexed and requested the Pininfarina body to propose its own version.
The model was completed in 1950 and was characterized by a clean and elegant style derived from the Alfa Romeo 1900.
As an engine, a 64-hp M337 1.9 cylinder was fitted with 129 Nm of torque managed by a four-speed manual gearbox.
Despite the unquestionable elegance of the model, BMW executives finally opted for Schimanowski's proposal.
This choice was the key to the success of the vehicle due to its unique style, but this saddens me because the 501 Pininfarina is in my opinion one of the most beautiful BMWs ever produced.
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation