The Top 20 BMW Cars of All Time
The Dixi was the first BMW car, though in reality it was pretty much a licensed copy of the English Austin 7. The Dixi’s successor that arrived in 1932 – the 3/20 – was fundamentally similar, but featured a bevy of BMW-devised improvements. The 3/20’s inline-four engine was loosely based on that of the Dixi, but featured new crankshaft bears, a slightly longer stroke (netting a displacement of 788cc) and an overhead valve rather than side valve cylinder head layout. The 3/20 was also longer and lower than its predecessor, and rode on a backbone chassis with a rear swing axle independent suspension to go along with the independent front setup. Turns out BMW realized early on how awesome normal cars with sporty dispositions were.