BMW started life on March 7, 1916, making aircraft engines as Germany's "Bavarian Aircraft Factory".
After WW I, Germany was forbidden from manufacturing aircraft, and it renamed itself Bayerische Motoren Werke ("Bavarian Engine Factory") in 1922.
BMW's logo contains a propellor-shape as a salute to its aerospace origins, in Bavaria's traditional blue-and-white colours.
It produced its first motorcycle in 1923. BMW began making cars in 1928. During the 1930s it started its own designs, such as the 326 limousine and the 328 roadster.