1. BMW 530 MLE E12

Did you know they produced the first M BMW car in South Africa four years before any M cars appeared in Germany? It’s a fact because, in 1976, BMW South Africa introduced a special model they called 530 the Motorsport Limited Edition, or MLE. It featured numerous performance upgrades over the standard 5 Series 530 model.

The biggest change was the almost fully race-prepped six-cylinder engine. It was 3.0-liters with a performance intake, engine head and beefed up internals. The result was a fantastic 274 HP from three liters, making this four-door sedan one of the fastest, most powerful passenger cars in the world at the moment.

They set the initial production at just 100 examples for homologation purposes. But their customers were so interested, BMW South Africa decided to produce 101 more in 1977. And that brought the final production number up to 201 copies. And, all of them came with the RHD specification.