History

The Fab Five 1

The Fab Five

The histories of BMW’s five IMSA-specification CSLs can resemble a tangled web, but new information has allowed us to clarify the role of each car in building BMW’s early reputation as the Ultimate Driving Machine in North America.

Stirred, not shaken 1

Stirred, Not Shaken

A white-green monster that terrorized the Nürburgring, the Martini CSL was one of the most iconic race cars of its time. And then it disappeared, until an eagle-eyed enthusiast from Alabama found it on a used car lot in Amsterdam.

A comeback worthy of the King 1

A comeback worthy of the King

From a pumpkin warehouse to Pebble Beach, Elvis Presley’s 507 has made an amazing journey since Bimmer uncovered it back in 2009.

The win that wasn’t…or was it? 1

The win that wasn’t…or was it?

In 1964, when the 1800 took on the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in its debut season. BMW wasn’t expecting much from its new sedan, but drivers Rauno Aaltonen and Hubert Hahne were in it to win it.

M is for Munich 1

M is for Munich

23 years after the last E30 M3 left the factory, BMW’s Munich plant is building an M car again. The new M4 is being assembled alongside the standard 4 Series Coupe, requiring sophisticated logistics to accommodate its special parts and lightweight const

507s star at Pebble Beach 1

507s star at Pebble Beach

Celebrated this summer with a class of their own, six 507s graced the lawn at Pebble Beach, including cars owned by Ursula Andress, David Carradine, a rare Series I and two prototypes.

When Bond drove BMWs 0

When Bond drove BMWs

As Skyfall hits the theatres, it’s time to look back at James Bond’s foray into Bimmerdom, when the world’s most famous spy traded his signature Aston Martin for a Z8 and other BMWs.

BMW's Bergmeister 1

BMW's Bergmeister

When it comes to building a race-winning hillclimber, a little genius goes a long way

Better Automobiles Through Automation 1

Better Automobiles Through Automation

When it comes to building cars, robots do it better than people, and BMW’s new X3 production line puts robots to work in unprecedented ways.

Being There 1

Being There

Wherein our author imagines himself in Europe watching BMW prepare for—and win!—the 1940 Gran Premio Brescia della Mille Miglia, the last big road race before World War II.

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