MegaGallery: 40 Years of BMW M

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BMW is celebrating 40 years of their M division.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the inception of BMW's M division. The Motorsport department began back in 1972 with only 8 employees. By 1988, BMW Motorsport had 400 employees and now it is the heart and soul of the performance-minded Bimmers you see on the streets. BMW is celebrating the occasion with several events and the German automaker has just released a set of 50 iconic images that they feel best represent the storied history of their M-badged models.
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They begin with the 1978 M1 and continue on to the recent models now cruising the roadways of the world, like the current M3, M5 and M6. Check out the nostalgia-filled MegaGallery from BMW below, showcasing the best from BMW M over the past 40 years.