August 26, 2002

Classic BMW cars and bikes available for rent in Europe

Munich, Germany – In addition to BMW’s European Delivery program for new owners of BMW vehicles, Canadians travelling through Europe can get behind the wheel or handlebars of a BMW classic through BMW Group Mobile Tradition. The company offers a range of eight models available to rent by the day or week, including:

  • BMW Isetta 300 of 1962
  • BMW 700 LS of 1964
  • BMW 3.0 CSi of 1973
  • BMW 1802 of 1974
  • BMW 2000 of 1971
  • BMW Z1 of 1990
  • BMW R 25/3 of 1954, with optional sidecar
  • BMW R 51/3 of 1951

BMW says the opportunity to rent BMW cars and motorcycles from the company’s historic fleet is a world first. The BMW R 25/3 with its 250 cc single-cylinder engine and shaft drive, along with the Isetta 300 featuring the same basic engine, played a significant role in enabling people to become more mobile in the years following the Second World War.

A similar technical similarity unites the BMW 700 LS, which was at the heart of BMW’s successes in postwar motorsport, and the BMW R 51/3, both of which are driven by a flat-twin Boxer engine. The BMW 3.0 CSi was king of the autobahn as BMW’s dream coupe of the 1970s, as well as making a legendary name for itself as a superlative competitor on the world’s race tracks for many years. The four-door BMW 2000 and the two-door BMW 1802 similarly raked in major victories in touring car racing and, more significantly, became a byword for everyday “driving pleasure”. The BMW Z1, finally, remains to this day a technological legend and a milestone in car design. Its monocoque frame and 2.5-litre in-line six-cylinder give it a true go-kart feel on the road, while its retractable doors and thermoplastic outer skin lend it an avant-garde air.

All these vehicles may be rented for a day, a weekend, a week or a fortnight. Visit to find out more about the activities of the BMW Group Mobile Tradition, which also includes the Historical Archives, the Historic Vehicle Collection and a Parts Supply department.

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