1980 BMW M1SOLD

1980 BMW M1

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM’s The Don Davis Collection event, April 27, 2013. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Don Davis.

Chassis No.
WBS59910004301360

Estimate:
$150,000 - $250,000 US

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

277 bhp, 3,453 cc M88 DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear dual A-arm independent suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.8 in.


The über-BMW
One of only 399 built
Originally finished in Henna Red

In the late-1970s, BMW was still in its growing pains in the United States. The favored quirky rally car of the 1960s was becoming the favored fast luxury transport of young professionals. In-between the two eras of Bayerische Motoren Werke, there was the M1, which remains the most exotic street car that the company ever built. Neither rally car nor hushed sedan, it was essentially a road-going Procar and Group 5 racer, built to homologize the cars for the track. Virtually hand-built in limited numbers, it combined a tubular frame, utilizing state-of-the-art technology with gorgeous Giugiaro-designed wedge bodywork. The chassis was fitted with unequal-length lateral links, alloy uprights, concentric coil springs, and anti-roll bars in the front and rear. The mid-mounted, fuel-injected, 277-horsepower, double-overhead-cam six-cylinder engine facilitated top speeds in excess of 160 mph, thanks to the M1's outstanding power-to-weight ratio. Such numbers should not be regarded as surprising, since early development of the M1 was in partnership with Lamborghini..

Reference Number 213239

as of 4/28/2013

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Car 1980 BMW M1
VIN WBS59910004301360 
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