I sit here wondering if the British Monarch signed, sealed and delivered a glücklich 100 Geburtstag (Happy 100th Birthday) letter to BMW earlier this year. To reach the ripe old age of 100 is a tremendous feat for both people and businesses alike. In fact, according to a US study on business lifespan, the average life expectancy for a company is 35 years, paling in comparison to the average for Australian men and women being 82.

Can you imagine Harald Krüger (German Born CEO of BMW) opening an envelope addressed from the Queen and reading “I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one hundredth birthday on 7th March, 2016. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion.”? Cue awkward laughter.

Joking aside, it must be commended and applauded that a company can survive 2 world wars, multiple ownerships, mergers and CEO’s & adapt their manufacturing line to produce brilliant aeroplane engine designs, motorcycles and most recently what we commonly see… automobiles.

To pay homage to the brand with the blue and white propeller, here are our initial picks for the best BMW’s of all time. (Keep checking in to see this list grow)