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How BMW’s front kidney grill evolved during the years

BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) founded in 1916.
BMW became an automobile manufacturer in 1929 when it purchased Fahrzeugfabrik Eisenach, which, at the time, built Austin Sevens under licence under the Dixi marque.

What makes BMW different is large front kidney grill which originates from a bodyshop in Bruchsal, Germany run by the Ihle brothers as it is said in many sources.

Later Franz Fiedler – an influential BMW designer adopted the Ihle grille design for the BMW 303 shown below.

bmw 303

BMW 303 debuted at Berlin Motor show in 1933


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