BMW 5-Series E12 (1972-1984)

Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at a number of fascinating BMW models. Some were better than other, however they all gave us a tiny glimpse at BMW’s past. Today we are going to venture all the way back to the 1970’s to take a look at the BMW E12.

Introduced in 1972, the E12 was a four-door sedan that replaced the extremely popular BMW New Class. Although the vehicle was praised for its design and styling its handling and performance were often criticised.

Originally designed by the Bertone Centre, the design featured on the production model is the work of BMW’s own designer, Paul Bracq. It looked bold and unique as well as elegant and fresh. BMW definitely had an impact on other vehicles of the 1970’s as its recognisable aesthetic has made it onto other vehicle of the era.

The E12 came with various different engines over the years, however it was never as powerful as it could’ve been. Many have criticised the car for its lack of power and disappointing handling.

Throughout the years, the E12 changed slightly however its distinct appearance has remained an important part of is design.

In the late 1970’s, following the introduction of the BMW E23 which was slightly larger, the E12 received a minor makeover to give it a little more edge and character.

The vehicle remained in production for 12 years, until it was discontinued in 1984.

The 5-Series E12 is a great example of a fantastic vehicle from the 1970’s. Although it isn’t BMW’s best model, the vehicle definitely had an impact on the brand, the industry as a whole and the vehicles of the 1970’s.

Are you a fan of the E12’s appearance? Would you consider purchasing one if you had the money? Let us know down below and don’t forget to have a browse through the rest of our blog for more fun articles about BMW and its cars.


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