Happy 40th birthday to BMW's M Division
Don your party hat, grab a kazoo and revel in the history of M cars
Posted: 18 May 2012
As far as manufacturer partnerships go, you'd file Lamborghini and BMW in the "it'll-never-happen" drawer. But this is the result of the two firms' collaboration - the rather lovely M1.
In the late 1970s, Lambo agreed to work with BMW on a production racing car that could be built for homologation, and it remains the only mass-produced mid-engined BMW.
It got a twin-cam 3.5-litre six-pot, which later found itself in the South African-spec 745i, E28 M5 and E24 M6/M635CSi, which leads us nicely on to...