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Have you ever wondered what BMW stands for? 

Here’s your answer: 

Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH, which translates in English to Bavarian Engine Works Company. 

Turbulent Beginnings 

BMW originated in the German state of Bavaria. The company aimed to create engines that could be used in various applications. Beginning production in the year 1913, BMW, then Rapp-Motorenwerke GmbH produced aircraft engines, which later helped support the German’s during World War 1. 

If you’re wondering why automobiles hadn’t been produced yet by BMW during the early 1900s, it’s because most mainstream land travels were achieved by train. It wasn’t until 1917 that Rapp changed its name to BMW due to previous bankruptcy. 

The turbulent early history of BMW continued when the Treaty of Versailles forbade the German engine company from building more aircraft engines during World War 1. It didn’t take long for BMW to recover as the company pivoted toward rail-way brakes and built-in motors. 

With enormous success in the railway and built-in motor niche, Berlin-based brake company Knorr-Bremse AG took majority ownership of BMW during the year 1920 and relocated to Munich. 

BMW Founding: The Second Act 

After BMW’s name disappeared from the scene as an independent company for a couple of years, in 1922, the title made a free return through Camillo Castiglioni’s purchase, where he took over operations, moved things over to BFW, and then changed the company name formally to BMW. 

Important BMW Models 

In 1923, BMW released its first motorcycle, the R 32. This bike is gorgeous. With a top speed of 59 miles per hour and 8.5 horsepower, this bike helped pave the way for modern motorcycles. 

1933 led to the release of BMW’s first self-developed car, the BMW 303. As the first BMW car with a six-cylinder engine and the company’s iconic kidney grille front design, the 303 model was the start of something special. 

Makes & Models We Buy

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Why Sell to Dusty Cars?

We pay high, fair prices because we love restoring cars to their former glory!

We Pay Top Dollar
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We Buy Cars in Any Condition

We care About Delivering Great Customer Service

We've Been in The Business Over 20 Years

We Don't Just Flip Cars, We Restore Them

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Lev M
Lev M
11:26 02 Feb 20
People have been telling me to go look at Dusty Cars and I'm glad I did. One day, I took the family round and met Doug, the place is great. We saw some really nice vintage cars and even got taken for a drive in one of them.
Laura Levato
Laura Levato
17:18 29 Jan 20
It's been some time since I've been able to do something for myself and I was looking for something that wasn't going to cost me anything, but still give me a pleasurable outing. Dusty Cars was that one outing. I was able to just look around and take in all the cars around me.
Holly Barnard
Holly Barnard
22:21 02 Jan 20
Dear Dusty Cars, Thank you for your hospitality in welcoming us into your dealership. My grandson loved seeing all of your vehicles and committed to star saving his allowance in order to buy one as soon as he turns 21. He's not anywhere near where he needs to be yet, but we'll hold thumbs and keep you in mind for that upcoming visit.
Gabby Shaw
Gabby Shaw
12:28 13 Dec 19
Doug was fantastic to us when we first arrived, but after he had to go and do something urgently, we spoke to another worker there who took great care of us too. Their customer service is good!
Gustavo Costa
Gustavo Costa
13:56 04 Nov 19
Upon meeting John at Dusty Cars, we knew we were in the right place to get our new vintage car. The staff was very professional and friendly, they knew everything about all of the cars and were able to help us get exactly what we needed. Thank you for everything you've done for us. We'll definitely be back again.
George Guerrero
George Guerrero
23:42 29 Oct 19
I particularly love the details that the owners pay attention to. There are very few things better than sitting in vintage car with the smell of the leather seats, seeing brand new dials on the car. It's great to see how much care is put into restoring these works of art.
Noé Gérard
Noé Gérard
18:41 21 Oct 19
these cars are so sexy looking. The cars are right outta the games that we play, you can see all the classics just sitting on the floor its just nice to go and look!
Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson
18:15 16 Oct 19
I was accessing my father's storage garage after he passed away, which coincidentally, was just across the street from Dusty Cars! I knew there was a car in there and thought it must have been a sign from God to take my car there and sell it to them. It was such a nice experience and I'll go back again.
Jessica Messina
Jessica Messina
05:25 10 Oct 19
The dealership is a wonderful place to visit. Love the cars, love the people, love the dog!!! Even though I'm not a collector of any kind, there's something special about coming to see the love they put into their restoration process.
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