With the latest G30-generation BMW 5 Series set to make its debut next month, BMW has released these videos charting the early history of its executive sedan, from the E12 generation which made its debut in 1972, which was also the first to use the current naming convention of a single-digit model series, followed by a representation of the engine’s capacity; though in recent times, that representation has become more symbolic than literal.

When the G30 5 Series makes its debut, the interim range-topper will be the 462 hp, 650 Nm M550i xDrive, before the full-force M5 arrives later on. As with earlier generations of the BMW 5 Series, the G30 model will also spawn a Touring (station wagon) model.

With the E12 running from 1972 to 1981 and the E28 spanning the years 1981 to 1988, the videos here even seem to feature period-correct back