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Yet here I am in my 40s, having test-driven a significant portion of new cars available today and experimented with the latest technologies offered on these machines, and I still yearn for automobiles that were objects of desire when I myself was still a teenager, cars that today's teens and 20-somethings deem archaic, unreliable and bereft of refinement.Consider, for example, the BMW M1, the marque's first and to date only midengined car to actually be produced and sold. The Bavarians would contribute the twin-cam, 24-valve, 3.5-liter V-6 in order to have played some part in building a "BMW".In the end, the M1 was actually assembled by Stuttgart coachbuilder Baur, which had handled BMW prototypes in the past, and over three years only 453 cars were built with an asking price just south of $50,000 at the time.Weighing only 1,400 kilograms, the M1 was a true BMW through and through.I suppose it's some consolation that although the car itself never became the success the Bavarians hoped it would be, its legacy lives on through the M designation that adorns cars from BMW's Motorsports division.
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