David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/26/18 2:47 p.m.

The ’70s were all about the wedge. It was the shape to have, whether it was haircuts, shoes or sleek, low-cut supercars that could cleave right through the air with minimal effort. Italian design houses Bertone, Giugiaro and Pininfarina took that idea to the extreme, while exotic car builders like Lotus, Ferrari and Lamborghini turned some of those dreams into …

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stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
2/26/18 3:22 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:
Now might be the time to buy one–assuming, of course, that you have the cash. 

 

The only reason I don't own one. smiley  I've lusted after them ever since they were introduced.

Olivialisa
Olivialisa New Reader
3/1/18 12:05 a.m.
stuart in mn wrote:
David S. Wallens said:
Now might be the time to buy one–assuming, of course, that you have the cash. 

 

The only reason I don't own one. smiley  I've lusted after them ever since they were introduced.

There is a logical argument for you.

LanEvo
LanEvo HalfDork
3/7/18 7:03 a.m.

I've only ever been a passenger in one. Thrilling. The sound of the engine is unbelievable

IBINTHERBEFOR
IBINTHERBEFOR New Reader
4/10/21 3:04 p.m.

"In March 1969, BMW and AMC signed a DM 1.5 million contract to test the quality of the Italian prototypes of the AMX 3 and verify its performance (among others, a target top speed of 160 MPH). Following standard protocol, BMW launched an internal development project and gave it the next sequential number – which made it E18. . . Giotto Bizzarrini remembered that the first AMX/3 prototype was delivered to BMW around June 1969. . . It is not clear at what point BMW had fulfilled its contractual obligation vis-à-vis American Motors. The last available test & development report, dated April 10, 1970, makes mention of the fact that a number of components could not be properly tested, “due to lack of test specimens / cancellation of the development program by AMX [probably a typo] as per [BMW] internal note dated January 7, 1970”. "

 

There's an awful lot more to this story BUT I've always wondered what impact the work that BMW did on the AMX 3 and what the experience with the Italian houses had on the M-1.

ktisdale
ktisdale New Reader
5/21/22 9:17 a.m.

Check out a Pantera. Less money, Italian design, Ford power, and much fun.

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
5/23/22 11:42 a.m.

Lovely cars that were never really affordable.

And your title makes me laugh at the irony. The last proper  'M' BMW was built back in 2008 in the E85/86 model (IMHO).

BMW owners tend to argue about the exact time the 'real' M cars stopped, but in any case BMW started capitalizing on the name by offering an 'M Package' on all sorts of non-motorsport oriented models that entailed far less work - mostly appearance and maybe some different wheels and tires.

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