BMW M1 1980 – USA

Zbudowano ich zaledwie 453, co nie przeszkodziło im zostać jedną z największych legend w historii niemieckiej marki. BMW M1 to supersamochód, w którego tworzenie zaangażowane były włoskie firmy Lamborghini, Ital Design i Marchesi, jednak projekt ostateczną formę przybrał w niemieckiej firmie Baur i BMW Motorsport. M1 stworzono do torowej rywalizacji z Porsche 934/935, lecz zmiana regulaminu Grupy IV wymusiła na firmie stworzenie dla nich własnego cyklu wyścigowego. Licytowany egzemplarz to jedna z 399 sztuk wersji drogowej, doposażony w spojler Procar. Większość swojego życia spędził w Meksyku, nawijając na koła do dziś zaledwie 36000 km. Oczekiwana cena to ok. 2 – 2,4 mln PLN.


Lot 98
Only 22,400 miles from new
1980 BMW M1
US$ 525,000 – 625,000
PLN 2 million – 2.4 million

AUCTION 23132:
28 Jan 2016 11:00 MST

1980 BMW M1

Chassis no. 4301096
Engine no. M88-212

3,453cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Kugelfischer Mechanical Fuel Injection
277bhp at 6,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of just 399 M1 road cars built
*Beautiful original interior
*1 of 90 finished in orange
*Believed to have had just 3 owners from new
*Legend of 1980’s

The BMW M1

The BMW M1’s existence originates from the need for a production based car for a proposed Group 5 'Silhouette Formula' to compete in the World Sports Car Championship. The mid-engined concept car was designed in-house by Frenchman Paul Bracq. Ex-racing driver Jochen Neerpasch was responsible for initiating this ambitious project which was intended to take on their rival – Porsche, and hopefully yield a victory at Le Mans.

Internally dubbed the E26, the M1’s development was a cooperative effort with top Italian specialists. Lamborghini was initially contracted to build the car but Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design ultimately took over the project. The coach assembly was performed at Ital Design featuring a fiberglass body built by composite specialist T. I. R. on a multi tubular space frame chassis supplied by chassis specialist Marchesi & C.

Assembled bodies were shipped to BMW’s German partner Baur for the mechanical assembly, the last stop then being BMW Motorsports for final preparation and distribution. The twin-overhead-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder 3.5-liter six was all BMW with tweaks by the Motorsports division. A five-speed ZF transaxle was used to transmit power to the ground. Lamborghini’s Gian Paolo Dallara was responsible for developing the suspension, which followed racing practice by using unequal-length wishbones at the front and rear. The M1’s wedge-shaped coachwork proved highly efficient aerodynamically, needing very little in the way of additional spoilers and wings, even in race configuration. The M1’s interior was exceptionally well equipped for a sports car, featuring – Recaro seats in leather with fabric inserts, air conditioning, electric windows, remotely operated door mirrors and a heated rear screen.

First shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, the road-going version came with 277bhp and a top speed of 160mph. The abandonment of the Group 5 Silhouette Formula robbed the car of its raison d’être, but production nonetheless continued. An M1-only Procar Series was run at Grand Prix races in 1980 and ’81 providing BMW Motorsports with a valuable showcase by way of consolation. Some 453 M1s were built thereby fulfilling the racing homologation requirement that 400 be produced. Production ceased at 399 road cars and 54 Procars.


One of the just 399 M1 road cars built, this beautiful M1 is believed to have had just 3 owners from new, and to have traveled only 36,000 kilometers (22,400) miles. It is one of 98 road cars finished in the attractive orange livery. At some point early in the cars life it was fitted with a BMW ProCar front spoiler.

The M1 was delivered new through the BMW dealership in Pirmasens, Germany, and was later sold to a wealthy Mexican national. The car shipped to an American broker who exported the car to Mexico City. The car remained in Mexico most of its life until being purchased by its current owner; a US based enthusiast.

The car shows very well in its correct orange livery, and the factory black interior is in very good condition, showing only slight signs of wear. The trunk and hood compartment are both in excellent condition, the latter still retaining the spare wheel in its original vinyl slipcover. The engine compartment is very clean and well detailed, and the correct factory Campagnolo wheels with Pirelli tires are fitted. The car has recently been serviced mechanically, where much attention was given to the mechanical injection system, alternator, and starter. Recently, the car has been issued with a BMW Heritage Certificate.

Enthusiasm for supercars of the 1980s has greatly increased over the past couple of years. Demand for 80’s icons like the Lamborghini Countach, Ferrari 512BB, and Porsche 930 Turbo, has been very strong. The M1 BMW is a rare car from this same era, and is a quantum leap from BMW’s prior defining statements such as the 3.0CSI, yet preserves the marques pedigree for road and track.

Even though the M1 was unveiled more than 3 decades ago, its styling remains a defining statement and the car is very modern in feel. Due to this remarkable styling and rarity, the BMW M1 holds a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts, and its popularity will no doubt continue to rise as BMW savvy collectors continue to enter the market.