BMW M1 (1978-1981)
  • BMW M1 (1978-1981)
  • BMW M1 (1978-1981)

BMW M1 (1978-1981)
  • BMW M1 (1978-1981)
  • BMW M1 (1978-1981)

BMW M1 (1978-1981)
  • BMW M1 (1978-1981)
  • BMW M1 (1978-1981)

BMW M3 (E 30)
  • BMW M3 (E 30)
  • BMW M3 (E 30)

BMW M3 E30 Evo1 1988
  • BMW M3 E30 Evo1 1988
  • BMW M3 E30 Evo1 1988

BMW M3 Sport Evolution
  • BMW M3 Sport Evolution
  • BMW M3 Sport Evolution

BMW M3 E36 Coup� 1992
  • BMW M3 E36 Coup� 1992
  • BMW M3 E36 Coupé 1992

BMW M3 E36 GT 1994
  • BMW M3 E36 GT 1994
  • BMW M3 E36 GT 1994

BMW M3 E36 engine (286 PS) 1992
  • BMW M3 E36 engine (286 PS) 1992
  • BMW M3 E36 engine (286 PS) 1992

BMW M3 E46 Coup� 2000
  • BMW M3 E46 Coup� 2000
  • BMW M3 E46 Coupé 2000

BMW M3 E46 convertible 2002
  • BMW M3 E46 convertible 2002
  • BMW M3 E46 convertible 2002

BMW M3 E46 CSL 2003
  • BMW M3 E46 CSL 2003
  • BMW M3 E46 CSL 2003

BMW M3 E46 CSL engine (360 HP) 2003
  • BMW M3 E46 CSL engine (360 HP) 2003
  • BMW M3 E46 CSL engine (360 HP) 2003

BMW M5 (E 28) - model designation
  • BMW M5 (E 28) - model designation
  • BMW M5 (E 28) - model designation

BMW M5 saloon (E 34), BMW M5 (E 28) and BMW M1 in the background
  • BMW M5 saloon (E 34), BMW M5 (E 28) and BMW M1 in the background
  • BMW M5 saloon (E 34), BMW M5 (E 28) and BMW M1 in the background

BMW M5 (E 28)
  • BMW M5 (E 28)
  • BMW M5 (E 28)

BMW M5 saloon (E 34) and BMW M5 touring (E 34)
  • BMW M5 saloon (E 34) and BMW M5 touring (E 34)
  • BMW M5 saloon (E 34) and BMW M5 touring (E 34)

BMW M5 (E 34) engine (intake side)
  • BMW M5 (E 34) engine (intake side)
  • BMW M5 (E 34) engine (intake side)

Poster "Sonntagmorgen, 7 Uhr 15, Formel M." (BMW M5 saloon E 34)
  • Poster "Sonntagmorgen, 7 Uhr 15, Formel M." (BMW M5 saloon E 34)
  • Poster "Sonntagmorgen, 7 Uhr 15, Formel M." (BMW M5 saloon E 34)

BMW M5 (E 39)
  • BMW M5 (E 39)
  • BMW M5 (E 39)

BMW M5 (E 39)
  • BMW M5 (E 39)
  • BMW M5 (E 39)

M 60 8-cylinder-engine
  • M 60 8-cylinder-engine
  • M 60 8-cylinder-engine

BMW M5
  • BMW M5
  • BMW M5

BMW M5 Touring
  • BMW M5 Touring
  • BMW M5 Touring

BMW M5 Touring gill
  • BMW M5 Touring gill
  • BMW M5 Touring gill

BMW M635CSi
  • BMW M635CSi
  • BMW M635CSi

BMW M635CSi
  • BMW M635CSi
  • BMW M635CSi

BMW M6 Convertible
  • BMW M6 Convertible
  • BMW M6 Convertible

BMW M6
  • BMW M6
  • BMW M6

BMW M roadster
  • BMW M roadster
  • BMW M roadster

BMW M roadster, Cockpit
  • BMW M roadster, Cockpit
  • BMW M roadster, Cockpit

BMW M coup�
  • BMW M coup�
  • BMW M coupé

BMW M coup�
  • BMW M coup�
  • BMW M coupé

BMW Formula-2-Engine, 1980
  • BMW Formula-2-Engine, 1980
  • BMW Formula-2-Engine, 1980

BMW Formula-1-Engine, 1983
  • BMW Formula-1-Engine, 1983
  • BMW Formula-1-Engine, 1983

BMW Formula-1-Engine, 1983
  • BMW Formula-1-Engine, 1983
  • BMW Formula-1-Engine, 1983

Nelson Piquet during the GP of Brazil, 1983 in the Brabham BMW BT 52
  • Nelson Piquet during the GP of Brazil, 1983 in the Brabham BMW BT 52
  • Nelson Piquet during the GP of Brazil, 1983 in the Brabham BMW BT 52

BMW 635CSi Group A, Touring Car EM in Monza 1983
  • BMW 635CSi Group A, Touring Car EM in Monza 1983
  • BMW 635CSi Group A, Touring Car EM in Monza 1983

BMW 635CSi Group A "J�germeister" with Hans-Joachim Stuck, DPM 1984
  • BMW 635CSi Group A "J�germeister" with Hans-Joachim Stuck, DPM 1984
  • BMW 635CSi Group A "Jägermeister" with Hans-Joachim Stuck, DPM 1984

Nelson Piquet in the BMW M1 ProCar
  • Nelson Piquet in the BMW M1 ProCar
  • Nelson Piquet in the BMW M1 ProCar

BMW M1 ProCar race at the Monaco Grand Prix
  • BMW M1 ProCar race at the Monaco Grand Prix
  • BMW M1 ProCar race at the Monaco Grand Prix

Andy Warhol, Art Car, 1979 - BMW M1 Gruppe 4 Rennversion
  • Andy Warhol, Art Car, 1979 - BMW M1 Gruppe 4 Rennversion
  • Andy Warhol, Art Car, 1979 - BMW M1 Gruppe 4 Rennversion

BMW M3 E30 street and race car 1987
  • BMW M3 E30 street and race car 1987
  • BMW M3 E30 street and race car 1987

Touring car racing world championship 1987, Roberto Ravaglia in the BMW M3, 4th race N�rburgring
  • Touring car racing world championship 1987, Roberto Ravaglia in the BMW M3, 4th race N�rburgring
  • Touring car racing world championship 1987, Roberto Ravaglia in the BMW M3, 4th race Nürburgring

BMW M3 E30 Gruppe A Rallye Tour de Corse 1987
  • BMW M3 E30 Gruppe A Rallye Tour de Corse 1987
  • BMW M3 E30 Gruppe A Rallye Tour de Corse 1987

The building of BMW Motorsport GmbH, 1990
  • The building of BMW Motorsport GmbH, 1990
  • The building of BMW Motorsport GmbH, 1990

BMW M5 Ring-Taxi, 1992
  • BMW M5 Ring-Taxi, 1992
  • BMW M5 Ring-Taxi, 1992

When we think of the BMW M division, the 1978 M1 comes instantly to mind, followed by the E30 M3 and then the 2001-2002 M Coupe. But the company's in-house hot rod shop actually dates back to 1972, when it was formed as a subsidiary to manage the company's racing operations, dubbed BMW Motorsport.

It was this month 40 years ago that what is known today as BMW M GmbH was launched. So to celebrate its anniversary, BMW has offloaded some 50 lustworthy images celebrating that performance history. See them all in our gallery.

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