1955 BMW 501

The BMW 501 is a rear wheel drive automobile, with the engine positioned in the front, and a 4 door saloon (sedan) bodyshell. The BMW 501's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 2.6 litre, overhead valve 90 degree V 8 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. This powerplant develops 110 bhp (112 PS/82 kW) of power at 4800 rpm. This power is transmitted to the wheels by means of a 4 speed manual gearbox. It weighs a quoted 1410 kg at the kerb.

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Key facts

1955 BMW 501 information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4700 mm
How heavy?
1410 kg
What size engine?
2.6 litre, 2581 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
112 PS / 110 bhp / 82 kW @ 4800 rpm
How much torque?
Unknown

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1955 BMW 501 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2946 mm 116 inches
Track/tread (front) 1327 mm 52.2 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1410 mm 55.5 inches
Length 4700 mm 185 inches
Width 1778 mm 70 inches
Height 1524 mm 60 inches
Ground clearance 178 mm 7 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.6
Kerb weight 1410 kg 3109 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 2.6 litre
2581 cc
(157.502 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 74 × 75 mm
2.91 × 2.95 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.99
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(Gross)
112 PS (110 bhp) (82 kW)
at 4800 rpm
Specific output
(Gross)
42.6 bhp/litre
0.7 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(Gross)

Specific torque
(Gross)
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7:1
Fuel system 1 Ze carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 322.63 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
Power-to-weight ratio 79.1 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
58.18 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
78.01 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 17.19 kg/kW
28.71 lb/bhp
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 11.00 m
Front suspension I.TB.W.
Rear suspension LA.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.22
general
Carfolio.com ID55814
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 27.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1955 BMW 501 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.