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
BMW M3 (E30)
This is the first 3-series to wear an M badge, and the one most likely to get Internet readers frothing anonymously into an online comments box.
The engine's a bit of BMW Best Of - it got the basic block layout from an M10 4-pot (as you'd find in a 2002) and the head was based on M1 architecture.
Outside, it got 12 unique body panels to help with the aero and box-flared arches to accommodate larger rims. Apparently, it was rather good. Hammond certainly liked it...