marks BMW’s 100th Anniversary. No small feat in autodom.

Known as Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (Bavarian Motor Works in German), the company has thrived where others have gone quietly and ignonimously into the night.

The marque has gone from selling four models in 1975 — when they opened their first American dealership — to an astounding 100 models today, ranging from the fuel-sipping i3 and the affordable X1 crossover to the monster BMW X5 M performance SUV and a 7-Series that has enough technology to rival NASA.

Today, we take the time to celebrate not just BMW’s commitment to performance, but also to design and creativity, with the best concept cars they’ve ever created.

Here are 10 of the finest to take to the stage … if not the open road.

Bertone-BMW 2800 Spicup (1969)

Designed and built by the Italian design house Bertone, the Spicup was the rare concept built to actually be driven on the road. Based on the excellent BMW 2000 CS chassis and equipped with a 2.5-liter inline six mill, but its most notable aspect was the retractable steel roof that folded into the rollbar behind the cabin, giving occupants more space. The green paint job and alien green interior add more drama where perhaps none was necessary.

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