XCAR has released a new video which chronicles the history of BMW's iconic roadsters.

XCAR has released a new video which chronicles the history of BMW's iconic roadsters.

Starting in the 1930's, BMW introduced the 3151 and 3191. These roadsters would eventually give way to the 1937 307 which featured a 2.0-liter straight-six engine that enabled the model to hit a top speed in excess of 75 mph (120 km/h).

The 328 followed shortly thereafter and was the first BMW roadster to be built on a custom platform. Designed for racing duty, the 328 had a 2.0-liter straight-six engine that produced 79 HP (58 kW) which enabled it to hit a top speed of 93 mph (149 km/h). This doesn't sound like much today by today's standards but it allowed the model to take class wins at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia.

The Second World War put roadsters on the backburner but by 1957 BMW introduced the iconic 507. Undeniably one of the most beautiful roadsters ever made, the 507 featured a 3.2-liter V8 with 150 HP (110 kW).  It enabled the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a little over 11 seconds and hit a top speed of roughly 122 mph (196 km/h).

Following the success of the 507, BMW would go on to build iconic models such as the Z1 and Z8. Check out the video for full details.

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