1931-1940: 328 Roadster
The 328 wasn’t BMW’s first sports car, but from the outset it was highly, highly successful in motorsport. Class wins everywhere from the Nurburgring, to Le Mans, to the Mille Miglia established BMW as a manufacturer capable of truly brilliant automobiles. Some of the company’s best motorcycles may have been from the same era, but the 328’s overall impact cannot be denied.
1941-1950: R24 motorcycle
The R75 is undoubtedly the more rugged bike, but the military machine only reached its prime when used with a combination of parts from another manufacturer. The R24, on the other hand, was BMW’s first foray back into manufacturing anything after the war.