50720 Mar 2004
In 1955, BMW introduced a car that took automotive design to its limits – and took the company to near bankruptcy.
It was a breathtaking car. A tubular steel chassis, with an all-aluminum body, driven by a 3.2L aluminum V8 – clearly designed to appeal to the American thirst for displacement. With a top speed of 125 mph, it was often too quick to be caught by the human eye. But when it was, boy was it gorgeous.