1950 BMW 700


  • Engine Location: Front
  • Drive Type: Rear Wheel
  • Production Years for Series: 1959-1965
  • Weight: 690 kg / 1521.5 lbs
  • Top Speed: 106 mph / 170.6 km/hr
  • Engine Configuration: I
  • Cylinders: 2
  • Aspiration/Induction: Normal
  • Displacement: 697.00 cv
  • Horsepower: 73.00 BHP (53.7 KW) @ 8000 RPM
  • HP to Weight Ratio: 20.8 lb/hp
Standard Transmission
  • Gears: 4
  • Transmission: Manual


  • The late 1950’s saw the introduction of one of BMW’s most successful vehicles. Being \ two feet longer than the 600 series, the 700 proved to be a genuine four seater. With a door on either side, a bonnet, and a boot, it was the first BMW to combine chassis and body in a single unitary construction.
  • The all-steel body was BMW’s first monocoque, neat and simply styled by Michelotti with independent suspension all around. Although the model looked as though there was an engine under the hood, it was actually positioned behind the line of the rear wheels, which actually meant that no less than 63 percent of the car’s weight was over the rear wheels. Despite this, the 700 series handles well and the model achieved notable success on the race track.
  • The light weight 700 allowed the car to reach 74 mph, and the more rakish coupe 78mph. This level of performance, combined with 33 mpg presented an interesting challenge to competing automobile manufacturers.
  • The BMW 700 proved to be an important ingredient to the success of BMW. In excess of 180,000 were built before production stopped in 1965.