BMW 505 prototype car history
|Body and chassis|
|Engine and Powertrain|
|Engine power:||120 hp (88 kW)|
|Weights and Dimensions|
The BMW 505 was the prototype of a Pullman sedan that BMW presented at the IAA in 1955 and offered Chancellor Konrad Adenauer an alternative to his company car, a Mercedes-Benz 300 c .
The car was based on the 200 mm extended chassis of a 502 . The engine was a V8 overhead valve (OHV) 2 valves per cylinder 16 valves in total with 3168 cc and 120 hp (88 kW). In addition Michelotti drew a Pullman body in the Italian style, which resembled the later Mercedes-Benz 300 d . The front largely corresponded to that of the BMW 503 .
The car was equipped with all the extras of the time, such as electro-hydraulic windows, intercom to the driver, club chairs in the rear, writing board with lighting, remote control for the radio and best carpets and wood paneling.However, Adenauer decided to stay with Mercedes allegedly because at the end of a test drive he pushed his hat against the edge of the roof of the BMW. After this refusal, BMW did not want to run the risk of serial production and built only two copies.