1957 - 1959 BMW 600

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Price 

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Production 

  34,000

Engine 

.6 liter flat-2

Weight 

1135 lbs

Aspiration 

natural

Torque 

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HP 

19.5 hp

HP/Weight 

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HP/Liter 

32.5 hp per liter

1/4 mile 

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0-62 mph 

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Top Speed 

64 mph

(from BMW Press Release)  After launching the Isetta in 1954 in an attempt to set off the slump in the motorcycle market, BMW soon realised that this bubble car was too small for the new customers entering the market, who, as a result of the German “economic miracle” soon expected a lot more of their new car in the late ’50s. Quite simply, therefore, such spartan “super-minis” had already passed their climax, with customers demanding a longer wheelbase and more comfort.

At the same time the automotive industry was booming, with production in West Germany increasing by one-third in 1955 alone. Introducing new models, BMW sought to jump up on the bandwagon, the BMW 600, a somewhat longer Isetta with its flat-twin engine fitted at the rear, intended to meet demand for a genuine four-seater at least for a while as of 1957.