BMW 501/6, 1955 MY

The BMW 501/6 is a saloon with 4 doors and a front mounted powerplant which transmits its power through the rear wheels. Its 6 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a volume of 2.1 litres. For this model it provides power and torque figures of 71 bhp (72 PS/53 kW) at 4500 rpm and 135 Nm (100 lbft/13.8 kgm) at 1500 rpm respectively. A 4 speed manual gearbox transmits the power to the wheels. Maximum speed claimed is 145 km/h (90 mph).

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BMW 501/6, 1955 MY information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4730 mm
What size engine?
2.1 litre, 2092 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
72 PS / 71 bhp / 53 kW @ 4500 rpm
How much torque?
135 Nm / 100 ft.lb / 13.8 kgm @ 1500 rpm
How fast?
145 km/h, 90 mph

BMW 501/6 models

2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2092 cm3 72 PS 71 bhp 53 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2092 cm3 72 PS 71 bhp 53 kW 1295 kg

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4 door sedan/​saloon FF 4M 1911 cm3 75 PS 74 bhp 55 kW 1237 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FF 4M 1911 cm3 66 PS 65 bhp 48 kW 1185 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 2158 cm3 67 PS 66 bhp 49 kW 1240 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2262 cm3 72 PS 71 bhp 53 kW 1144 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1897 cm3 75 PS 74 bhp 55 kW 1200 kg
1955 BMW 501/6 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2835 mm 111.6 inches
Track/tread (front) 1322 mm 52 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1408 mm 55.4 inches
Length 4730 mm 186.2 inches
Width 1780 mm 70.1 inches
Height 1530 mm 60.2 inches
Ground clearance 180 mm 7.1 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.67
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 58 litres 12.8 UK Gal 15.3 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2.1 litre
2092 cc
(127.662 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 68 × 96 mm
2.68 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.71
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 72 PS (71 bhp) (53 kW)
at 4500 rpm
Specific output 33.9 bhp/litre
0.56 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 135 Nm (100 ft·lb) (13.8 kgm)
at 1500 rpm
Specific torque 64.53 Nm/litre
0.78 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7:1
Fuel system 1 Solex 32 PAJTA carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 810.9 kPa (117.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 348.67 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 145 km/h (90 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front 4.0 x 16
Wheel size rear 4.0 x 16
Tyres front 5.50-16
Tyres rear 5.50-16
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter 284 mm
Rear brake diameter 284 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.23
general
Carfolio.com ID527274
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 17.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1955 BMW 501/6 added 2017-08-06.
Last modified 2017-08-06.