In 1913, on the northern outskirts of Munich, Karl Rapp and Gustav Otto, son of the inventor of internal combustion engine Nikolaus August Otto, create two small aircraft engine company. The outbreak of World War I at once brought numerous orders for engines for aircraft. Rapp and Otto decided to unite in an Avia factory. Since the Munich plant occurs aircraft engines, which is registered in July 1917 under the name Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian motor factories ) – BMW. This date is considered the founding year BMW, and Karl Rapp and Gustav Otto by its creators.
1917: The company Rapp Motor Company renamed the BMW Bayerische Motoren Werke Although the exact date of occurrence and the time the company was founded and is now the subject of disputes between automobile historians. And all because officially Industry Co., BMW was registered July 20, 1917, but long before that in the same city of Munich there are many companies and associations, as well develops and produces aircraft engines. So, to finally see the "roots" of the BMW, you need to go back to the last century, the territory of which existed not so long ago, East Germany. It was there December 3, 1886 was "Marred" the involvement of today's BMW to the car business, and it was there, in the town of Eisenach, in the period from 1928 to 1939. was the headquarters of the firm. One of the local attractions of Eisenach was the reason for the appearance of the name of the first machine ("Wartburg") will be released in 1898 after the creation of a number by 3 – and 4-wheeled counterparts.