This video from Donut Media follows the evolution of the BMW 3 Series, from the E21-chassis 1975 316  and the E30 M3 to the F80-chassis 2015 M3. Over its lengthy existence, BMW 3 Series has become larger and more mature, but the overall concept has stayed the same – two or four doors, short overhangs, long hood, exceptional driving dynamics and benchmark performance. Over the past 40 years, the 3 Series has dominated the segment it may or may not have created.

During the course of more than three and a half decades, the face of the BMW 3 Series has constantly evolved. Designers have always managed to incorporate dynamics, innovation and aesthetics into a harmonious, modern and future-oriented overall concept, whilst at the same time preserving traditional values. As a result, each BMW 3 Series has retained its unmistakable brand identity and can be identified as a BMW at very first glance.

The presentation of the first BMW 3 Series in July 1975 marked the beginning of one of the most remarkable success stories in BMW model history. Although the 2-door sedan bore a strong resemblance to the BMW 5 Series introduced in 1972, the market witnessed the launch of an entirely new vehicle with compact dimensions and a sporting character.

Watch it above and get the definitive history of the landmark German automobile.