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€ 649.950,- | 39.458 km | 1979 | Gasoline

1979 BMW M1 – BMW’s Press car – A very early M1.

The first BMW Supercar – A very special piece of BMW Motorsport History.
The car recently had a 450 hours, engine-out service @ Oldenzaal Classics including a rebuilt gearbox, engine, new waterpump, rebuilt brakes & more.

Tested, Driven and Done – For the collector that also would like to drive & enjoy.

  • German-Delivered BMW M1
  • 1st M1 in Blue
  • BMW AG Press-car
  • 39.458 km / 24.518 miles
  • Rebuilt Brakes
  • Rebuilt Transmission & Diff
  • Beautiful Paint & Body
  • Airconditioning
  • Completely serviced
  • Rebuilt engine
  • New Waterpump
  • Over 450 hours invested

BMW’s first supercar:

The M1 was the first mid-engine BMW to go into production, the M1’s 24-valve twin-cam six also powered the late-’80s M5 sedan and M6 coupe.

The motivation to build the M1 came from racing and a set of regulations prompted by the new Group Five in 1976. BMW found its aging CSLs losing against Porsche’s incredible new 935, and to beat them, BMW needed a mid-engined chassis to fit its twin-cam 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine. To meet homologation ruling BMW needed to manufacture 400 cars. Not having the production capability to produce cars in such small volume at the Munich factory, BMW’s Motorsport division went to Lamborghini to be build partners.

Styling came courtesy of Italdesign, road cars were equipped with BMW’s 277-horsepower M88 six-cylinder engine, which featured a twin-cam head with chain drive, four valves per cylinder, a forged alloy crank, Kugelfischer fuel injection, and an electronic ignition by Marelli – Very advanced 70’s techniques.

Problems with Lamborghini’s precarious financial position dictated that BMW had to take back control of the project in April 1978. Production was spread between two Italian firms: Marchesi for the multi-tube chassis and Transformazione Italiana Resina for the fiberglass body. Final assembly moved to Baur, the German coach-builder that had a long history with BMW.

Officially introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1978, BMW quickly learned that the new M1 would not meet the requirements of the new Group Five regulations. It was a race car without a series. The BMW M1 is and was a very rare specimen: only 399 cars we’re built for the street between 1979 and 1981. It was the first car of BMW Motorsport wearing a Motorsport VIN (‘WBS-‘). It was produced on the 5th of January 1979 and is the 11th BMW M1 built, it’s the first car in Blue, the first car registered in Germany and delivered to BMW AG’s Press Department on the 10th of January 1979.

As a BMW Press Car it was driven and tested by wealthy and prominent clients. After that the car was imported in the USA and has been part a collection for a long time. In 2016 it was imported back to Germany and has been in a German collection since. The owner of the collection recently asked us to prepare the car for sale and we kindly did so. As with many (collector) M1’s – It looks beautiful but was mechanically not ready to drive and enjoy.

We have invested 450 hours in the car and went through the car bumper to bumper. An engine-out service including a new waterpump, oil, ignition cables, plugs. The engine itself has been rebuilt as well. It fires right up and sounds amazing. The Kügelfischer pump functions as it should and has been set-up correctly. The gearbox and differential have been rebuilt, re-sealed and is looking amazing. The brake-system has been rebuilt and new clutch cylinders have been mounted. The starter-motor and alternator have been rebuilt. Before proper road-testing the car it was 3D-Aligned so the car tracks as it should. Wow, it does drive amazing. The 24-valve M88 is screaming right behind you with an amazing inlet & exhaust-noise. It shifts precisely through the gears and everything on the car works as it should. Pictures of the mechanical restoration are present, find them under the link.

The body remains in beautiful shape: very straight, no damage and beautifully smooth paint in the original color. The tube-steel chassis was designed by Gianpaolo Dallara and remains in solid and straight condition, nicely protected and cleaned.

The interior of the BMW M1 is a beautiful combination of 70’s BMW switchgear and Italian design. Seats and doorpanels in amazing condition wearing the correct M1-only black/white cloth. Everything works and a correct Bavaria radio is installed.

Possibly the best sorted, best driving and most up-to-date BMW M1 on the market today. Many many hours and parts invested in 2021. Including a BMW Classic Certificate.
A recent Inspection Rapport by a German specialist is present and available on request. The condition is a 1- (German ‘Zustandsnote’ = near perfect)

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