The BMW 501, also known as the BMW 2600, was a luxury automobile produced in between 1952 and 1958. The 501 was introduced at the first Frankfurt Motor Show in 1951 and was the first BMW model to be produced after World War II. The 501 and its derivatives, including the BMW 502 with V8 engine, were nicknamed “Baroque Angels” in Germany.

The car was sold as a 4-door sedan, 2-door convertible and 2-door coupe. It had rear-wheel drive and engine located in the front. It was available with a 2-liter I6, a 2.1-liter I6, and a 2.6-liter V8, which were mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.