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One of Germany’s well-known car makers, BMW began building engines for airplanes. Forbidden to continue making airplane engines after WWI, BMW turned to engines for motorcycles and heavy trucks. In 1923 they built their first motorcycle and in 1928 they bought Dixi-Werke for about one million marks. BMW discontinued two larger models but continued with the car you see here–known as the Austin Seven, Dixi-Austin, and Dixi 3/15. The Dixi bridged the gap between motorcycle and full-size car. It was simple and achieved acceptable performance and good economy because of its light weight. It was offered as a sedan, two-seat cabriolet, four-seat convertible, and a delivery van. Only 150 of the sporty two-seaters (designated the da3) were made. The example you see here has a one-off, special body.
Manufacturer: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine: 750cc, 18bhp
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Top Speed: 50mph
Years of Production: 1928-1932
Number Produced: 150
Original Cost: 2,200 Marks