Inside the BMW Factories: Building the Ultimate Driving Machine

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BMW’s Bavarian blue and white propeller logo harks back to its early twentieth-century roots as an aircraft engine manufacturer. How this venerable company weathered two world wars, moved from aircraft to motorcycles and, finally, to the cars that would provide its greatest glory is the remarkable story recounted in this book. With unique access to BMW’s factories and archives, author Graham Robson gives readers an inside look at how the great German automaker works and how its methods have evolved ...

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Overview

BMW’s Bavarian blue and white propeller logo harks back to its early twentieth-century roots as an aircraft engine manufacturer. How this venerable company weathered two world wars, moved from aircraft to motorcycles and, finally, to the cars that would provide its greatest glory is the remarkable story recounted in this book. With unique access to BMW’s factories and archives, author Graham Robson gives readers an inside look at how the great German automaker works and how its methods have evolved over the decades. Visiting factories throughout Germany and in the United States he offers readers a rare, behind the scenes, nuts-and-bolts account of how BMW produces its famed models. Illustrated with rare photographs from BMW’s own archives, this book constitutes an unprecedented tour of the history and culture of one of the world’s great automakers.

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Author Graham Robson deserves praise for gathering together such a fine collection of historic BMW photography…” - Classic Car Mart

“For me, it’s the early factory pictures that are of the most interest – there’s something magical about a line of brand-new 2002 Turbos.” - Classics Monthly

“If you’ve ever had an interest of where it all started? I highly recommend this book. The pictures in this book are truly remarkable and worth the cost alone.” - Anthoney Casler

“A treasure trove of images and information to any BMW fan, this is a worthy book for the shelf.” – Mark J. McCourt, Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car

“A treasure trove of images and information to any BMW fan, this is a worthy book for the shelf.” – Mark J. McCourt, Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car

“This is a wonderful book that any collector should have.” – Michael Mitchell, The Roadster, Sandlapper BMW CCA Chapter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760334638
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 11/7/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Robson is a distinguished and oft-published motoring historian who originally trained as an automotive engineer. His deep understanding of how cars work contributes greatly to his writing. He lives and works in England.

Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organizer, reporter, commentator and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a traveling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognized authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring of that period, he is the most prolific of all authors, with more than 130 published books to his credit. Over the years Graham has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in the Rally Giants Series, and his insight to their merits is unmatched. Graham Robson lives and works in England.

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