1981 BMW M1
1981 BMW M1Source: RM Auctions
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Posted: 22 Jan 2008
Specifications: 277bhp, 3,453 cc, Type M88/1 twin-cam six-cylinder engine with Kugelfischer-Bosch mechanical fuel injection and Magnetti Marelli ignition, five-speed ZF gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.8"
The M1 is, without a doubt, the most exotic BMW street car ever built. Essentially a homologation special, the M1 was a limited production, virtually hand built car with a tube frame utilizing state-of-the-art technology. Unlike many "supercars" the street car was derived from the race car and not the other way around. The road-going M1 was built upon the race-spec Group 4 chassis and, although it received a softer suspension, was fitted with unequal length lateral links, alloy uprights, concentric coil springs, and anti-roll bars front and rear.
The 24-valve, fuel injected 277 horsepower engine facilitated top speeds of 163 miles per hour and sub six second zero-to-sixty times, thanks in part to the M1's excellent power-to-weight ratio. Designed by ITAL Design's Giugiaro, the M1's slick lines and distinctive shape made it instantly recognizable. Just 456 examples were built, making it one of the rarest of the European supercars. What's more, it continues to be the only mid-engined BMW ever made.
The pristine example on offer is believed to have been imported into the United States in 1990. The car was eventually owned by collectors in Edmonton, Alberta before being sold in August 2007, having seen very limited road use. Currently, the car shows just over 15,000 miles and recently participated in several shows.
As presented, the car is original with the exception of the radio, tires, and paint. It is described as being semi-unrestored, although it has had a complete repaint with more recent corrosion repair. The wheels have been restored and all the windows, seals, and gaskets were replaced late in 2007. As supported by documentation, concurrent and extensive mechanical work was conducted and included engine tuning and service, brake component rebuilding, and a fluid and electrical service.
Overall, the quality of the paint is excellent with only a few relatively minor imperfections apparent. The interior, meanwhile, is virtually free of any signs of wear and, as with the engine bay, remains in excellent condition. In addition to an original spare wheel, the car is also accompanied by a reprint of the factory M1 service manual.
With limited actual mileage, this M1 is presented remains in remarkable original condition. It is a superb driver and, fitted with the original, Porsche-pounding "M" engine, is truly the car that started it all for BMW. (In Schnitzer race trim, the same straight-six produced 950 horsepower with twin turbochargers!) As the predecessor to the infamous "M" cars, it affords the enthusiast outstanding balance, handling, and responsiveness as well as a direct link to BMW's glorious racing history, street-ready while yearning for the track.
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From WikipediaThe BMW M1 (E26) is a sports car that was produced by German automaker BMW from 1978 to 1981. In the late 1970s, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation. The result was sold to the public, from 1978 to 1981, as the BMW M1. It was the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It employed a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L 6-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection.
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