• 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 Sport Evolution
  • BMW M3 Sport Evolution

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

  • BMW M3 E46 Coup 2000
  • BMW M3 E46 Coupé 2000

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

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

  • BMW M5 (E 28)
  • BMW M5 (E 28)

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

  • BMW M5 (E 39)
  • BMW M5 (E 39)

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

  • BMW M5 Touring
  • BMW M5 Touring

  • BMW M635CSi
  • BMW M635CSi

  • BMW M6 Convertible
  • BMW M6 Convertible

  • BMW M roadster
  • BMW M roadster

  • BMW M coup
  • BMW M coupé

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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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