Lot 134 - 1980 BMW M1

1,650 kms - Two Owners From New

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Auction Techno Classica April 2015
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Lot Number 134
Reg. Number German Registered
Chassis Number WBS59910004301265
Year 1980
Make BMW
Model M1

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BMW’s glorious M1 supercar is a rare mix of stunning performance and practicality.  Whenever it has been compared to other high performance sports cars from the 1970s and 80s by the motoring press it is always the BMW which comes out on top.

The original concept was for a car which BMW could compete with in the Ferrari type market place, but which provided BMW-style reliability.  However the Bavarian company were sufficiently aware of their inexperience in this field so Lamborghini was called in to design and develop the car, with the intention that they would be built under licence in the Sant’ Agata manufacturer’s factory.  However at the crucial time Lamborghini went through one of their periodic financial crises and takeovers, so none of the production examples were actually built in Italy.
The bodywork was styled by Giugiaro’s, Ital Design; with stunning compact two door coupe coachwork which accommodated two occupants and a mid-mounted six cylinder twin cam 24 valve BMW Motorsport engine with fuel injection.
In this application 277 bhp was coaxed out of the superb motor, allowing a maximum speed in excess of 160 mph. and a 0-60 mph. sprint in 5.5 seconds.  Handling was vice less and reliability was excellent.  Furthermore, levels of comfort were of a degree unheard of in a mid-engined supercar up till then.

A one make race series was established for the car, known as the BMW Procar Championship, in which every grand prix pilot competed in an identically prepared car as a curtain raiser to each grand prix. Other examples were raced in Group 4 and 5 in endurance races and a specially prepared car contested the IMSA class at Le Mans.

The example which we are pleased to offer was sold new via BMW in Aachen-Eilendorf to a private museum where it remained until 1999 when it was sold to an extensive Spanish collection, containing only the best examples of some of the world’s greatest cars; so has had only 2 owners from new.

Very recently it has undergone a check up and consequently the cars condition is described as excellent throughout with the speedometer showing only 1,650kms. Resplendent in its original colour scheme of white with a black and grey hide and cloth interior and it retains its original matching numbers engine (M88-300) and supplied with a German registration document.

Today, the M1 has a deserved reputation as a truly great car and with only 453 built, making it today a highly prized and collectible thoroughbred supercar.

Das hier mit Freude angebotene Exemplar, wurde neu über den BMW in Aachen-Eilendorf an einem privaten Museum verkauft, wo es bis 1999 geblieben ist, und von dort an eine umfassende spanische Sammlung verkauft wurde, welche einige der besten Autos weltweit enthielt; demnach hatte es nur 2 neue Eigentümer. Mit dem kürzlich erst durchgeführten Check-Up, und nur 1650 km gefahren, wird es rundum in einem ausgezeichneten Zustand beschrieben. Glänzend, in seinem ursprünglichen Farbschema Weiß mit schwarzen und grauen Akzenten, wird es mit deutschem Fahrzeugbrief ausgeliefert.

Mit dem verdienten Ruf eines großartigen Autos, und nur 453 Stück gebaut, ist es heute ein hoch geschätztes und wertvolles Superauto.

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