The original M car, and easily the most exciting. The M1 was created for Group Five racing, but thanks to delays during development which lead to BMW taking control of body production (when partner, Lamborghini, couldn’t deliver its side of the bargain), it arrived late and never fulfilled its obvious racing potential. The styling by Giugiaro was spot on, as was its chassis and race bred 24-valve engine, and BMW was justifiably proud of its new supercar. But after a run of 456, production of the era’s most drivable supercar came to a halt. Revered today.