BMW Creates New Video Series on 5-Series History

Leading up to the new 5-Series reveal, this will scratch your classic Bimmer itch.

BMW's next 5-Series is shaping up nicely. It will bring with it a new iteration of speed and luxury, besting its previous models in both categories. It should harbor all of BMW's freshest tech and powertrain wizardry—the 2017 M550i will be faster to 60 MPH than even the current M5. Now that's saying something! Rumors of all wheel drive and hybrid M models are all the range right now, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

BMW wants to give you a bit of a backstory to their forthcoming luxury sedan. The 5-Series started with humble roots, working its way up through simple roots that have since developed into a consistent top competitor in its segment. The E12 generation is the focus of this video, displaying a lesser-known model than the E28 that followed it.

They were much different in the '70s, weren't they? They carried a utilitarian wit about them while keeping their heads above the upper-class water. A mix of these things have given us the 5-series we see today, and BMW doesn't want you to forget its beginnings.

Watch and enjoy this little snippet of Bavarian history—just as it was intended.