On Monday 7 March, 2016, BMW turned 100 years old. In honour, it revealed a brand new concept dubbed the ‘Vision Next 100’. It points, as you might surmise, to the next 100 years for the Bavarian carmaker.
Though the carmaker lists many milestones throughout its history, one stands tall amongst the rest: the rescue of the entire company by a short bubble car.
You see, though BMW was very good at making aircraft engines and produced some iconic cars including the stunning 507, by the end of the 1950s it was facing financial ruin, teetering on the brink of being sold.
Were it not for the success of the humble little BMW 700 - and its Isetta predecessor - we might inhabit a world bereft of an M5, an M3 or even a 3.0-litre CSL. And that would be a dark, dark world.
So we must doff our caps to the tiny rear-engined, rear-drive BMW, for it paved the way for the company’s burgeoning success and allowed it financial independence; the freedom to grow, build, experiment.
Which, in a roundabout way, is the root of the design flourishes we are presenting here. It’s a line-up of BMW’s finest concept cars, in honour of this huge milestone anniversary and that new concept.
Have a click through and pick a favourite - feel free to nominate ones you think should have been on this list…