The first generation of the BMW 5 Series made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1972. The first models presented were the four-cylinders BMW 520 (115 hp) and BMW 520i (130 hp). The model designation introduced a new concept determining the nomenclature of BMW cars to this very day, with the ”5“ at the beginning specifying the series as such and the two following numbers indicating the displacement of the respective model. At the same time these model designations brought back memories of legendary BMWs in the 1950s such as the BMW 501 “Baroque Angel” and the iconic BMW 507 sports car.
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