There's a beautiful simplicity to the BMWs that may or may not be the 2-Series. You aficionados out there will argue til the cows come home about designations and specification disjunctures. And that's fine.
But here we simply want to celebrate the wonderful automotive integrity of these cars (whatever you want to call them).
Rumour has it that a new BMW 2-Series will be launched in either 2013 or 2014. Either way, it will sit (DUH!) somewhere between the compact one and the everyman staple that is the three series.
It'll be tough, however usable the car may end up being, to match the unity of the originals' ethos. Three boxes, utilitarian cabin with a lively engine and running gear as direct as a dodgem.
Watch this space for more BMW rumours.