BMW, Bristol started off as an airplane company, but unlike BMW, it wouldn’t be
until after WWII that it would get into building cars. In fact, it could be said
that WWII played an important role in the move to car-building for Bristol. In
1945, one of Bristol’s directors, a man named HJ Aldington, used his military
connections to visit the bombed BMW factory in Munich. He then... we’ll call it "liberated" some plans for prewar BMW cars and took them back to the UK. With
these, he established a car division at Bristol, which would eventually make a
complete break from the aircraft company in 1960.