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5 Timeless BMWs That Will Forever Impress

Truth be told, it’s hard to imagine a BMW that wouldn’t stand the test of time.  Still, as beautiful and powerful as the vast majority of BMW’s history is, there are still some Bayerische Motoren Werke automobiles that will be remembered more than others. You can’t go wrong with any of these 5 BMWs, which are guaranteed to impress for years to come.

Timeless BMW #1 – BMW 2002

After BMW’s financial crises in the 1950s, the automaker needed a miracle. That miracle came in the form of the New Class line of compact sedans and coupes produced between 1962 and 1977. New Class cars had a unit body, fully independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and semi-trailing arms at the rear, front disc brakes, and a front-mounted four-cylinder M10 engine. In 1968 the 2002 was introduced, a sportier New Class car with a new 1990 cc engine that traded in the original four-door design for a smaller and lighter two-door body. The BMW 2002 quickly caught auto enthusiasts’ attention, and some even credit it with single-handedly establishing BMW as an international brand. (WWW)

Timeless BMW #2 – BMW 3.0 CSL

The BMW New Six CS (internal name: BMW E9) was a two-door coupé built for BMW by Karmann from 1968 to 1975. Cars built on the E9 platform proved to be very successful in racing, but none more so than the BMW 3.0 CSL. Introduced in May 1972, the 3.0 CSL was a homologation special – meaning it was designed to pass the approval process required in order to race in a specific league or series. In this case, that was the European Touring Car Championship, which the 3.0 CSL won in 1973 with Toine Hezemans behind the wheel. The 3.0 CSL also achieved a class victory at Le Mans in the same year, and went on to win the European Touring Car Championship again in every year from 1975 to 1979.  (WWW)

Timeless BMW #3 – BMW M1

The intended stature of the BMW M1 is evident in its name: the “M” was used to designate all BMW engineering projects of importance, and the “1” clearly signifies the car’s significance in BMW engineering history. The reality of the M1, however, was drastically different. Like the 3.0 CSL, the M1 was conceived as a homologation special for production-class sports-car competition (a then-new Manufacturers Championship based on cars with production silhouettes). But before the M1 could take to the track, silhouette cars fell out of favor and it became obsolete. In the end only 456 were built, making the M1 one of BMW’s rarest models.  (WWW)

Timeless BMW #4 – BMW 840Ci

The BMW 8 series first made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1989 and remained in production for a decade. The new class, designed to replace the 6 series that preceded it, came with a significant boost in performance and the significantly higher price tag that accompanies it. Many firsts came along with the 8 series: the first V-12 engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox on a road car, one of the first vehicles to be fitted with an electronic “fly-by-wire” throttle, one of BMW’s first cars to use a multi-link rear axle. The 840Ci was introduced in 1993 as an automatic in the U.S. and with a manual option in Europe, but concerns about fuel economy killed the car just 6 years later.  (WWW)

Timeless BMW #5 – BMW 507

The BMW 507 is another story of a car-gone-wrong. The roadster, produced from 1956 to 1959, was originally intended to be exported to the United States at a rate of thousands per year. Instead, high production costs drove up the U.S. retail price and the 507 ended up being too expensive. Only 252 cars were produced, and BMW incurred heavy losses that nearly bankrupted the company. Despite its disappointing history, the BMW 507 remains a milestone for the company. The car’s beautiful styling attracted famous buyers like Elvis Presley (who also purchased one for a co-star, Swiss-born actress Ursula Andress) and John Surtees, a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer who developed disc brakes for the front wheels of the 507.  (WWW)


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