1980 BMW M1 (E26) M1695.000 EUR
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Reference Number 483238

as of 6/14/2017

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Jan B. Lühn  Contact  Location
Franz-Essink-Strasse 15  Phone  +49 251 2844691  City  Muenchen
48147 Muenster  Fax    State  Bayern
Germany  Mobile  +49 172 5303555  Country  Germany Germany
Car 1980 BMW M1 (E26) M1
Exterior / Interior Color      Orange /      Black 
Mileage 62.837 km 
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Known History

1980 BMW M1 Coupé


Delivered new to Belgium. Chassis no. WB500000094301080 / Engine no. WB500000094301080


One of a mere 455 produced

One of only 98 finished in orange with 62,837 kilometers recorded


A proposed Group 5 'Silhouette Formula' for production-based cars triggered the 'M1' programme in the mid-1970s, a mid-engined concept car designed in-house at BMW by Paul Bracq providing the basis. Ex-racing driver Jochen Neerpasch was responsible for initiating this ambitious project, whose aims included taking on rivals Porsche in the World Sportscar Championship and, ultimately, victory at Le Mans. Development was contracted first to Lamborghini and then to Giorgetto Giugiaro's ItalDesign, although almost all cars ended up being finished in Germany.


Giugiaro's compact coupé bodywork in glassfibre was wrapped around a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, while a twin-overhead-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder, race-developed version of BMW's 3.5-litre six, driving via a five-speed ZF transaxle, provided the motive power. The wedge-shaped coachwork proved highly efficient aerodynamically, needing very little in the way of additional spoilers and wings in race configuration. Lamborghini's Gianpaolo Dallara was responsible for developing the suspension, which followed racing practice by using unequal-length wishbones at front and rear. Soberly trimmed in black and grey, the interior was exceptionally well equipped for a sports car, featuring Recaro seats, air conditioning, electric windows, remotely operated door mirrors and heated rear screen.


Lamborghini's withdrawal from the project complicated the production process, which involved the space-frame being built by Marchesi and the glass-fibre-reinforced plastic body shell by TIR, both in the Italian town of Modena. ItalDesign then assembled these two units and added the interior trim and equipment. From there the car went to Stuttgart, where Karosserie Baur fitted all the mechanical systems and components.


First shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, the road-going version came with 277bhp and a top speed of 160mph, making it Germany's fastest production sports car. By that time the car had acquired the model designation 'M1', standing for the first car developed and built by BMW Motorsport GmbH. BMW's long awaited new supercar was rapturously received; one American enthusiast was reported to have ordered three, which was perhaps all the more surprising given the price: DM 100,000, enough to buy four BMW 323i models with enough left over for some optional extras.


Only ever intended as a limited-edition model, the M1 ceased production after only 445 examples had been built, a minimum of 400 being required for homologation. In the event, the abandonment of the Group 5 Silhouette Formula robbed the car of its raison d'être, though the M1-only Procar Series run at Formula 1 Grand Prix races provided BMW Motorsport with a valuable showcase by way of consolation, Niki Lauda winning in 1979 and Nelson Piquet in 1980. In the USA the M1 dominated the 1981 IMSA GTO Championship, Dave Cowart's example winning 12 out of the 16 races. It was a fitting sign-off at the end of the M1's final year of production.


This particular M1 was purchased new in Belgium by a Jordanian diplomat, Mr. Timoor Daghistani in 1980 and owned until 1987. Antony Wolfe Motors acted in this period as his U.K. motor agent, who brought it to the UK and for a three year period to the USA. There is a BMW (GB) invoice on file, dated February 1981 and made out to Mr Wolfe, for unspecified repairs costing £4,238.


Then the car passed on via Sytner of Nottingham Ltd to the second private owner, Richard Turner of Gillingham, Dorset in October 1991.


The M1 then passed via Classic Automobiles Ltd of Wandsworth, South London to the longtime owner in Spain in April 1994 who kept the car until 2015 in a garage with air condition. (sales invoice on file).


The current owner bought #1080 in 2015 and serviced the car at BMW Classic in Munich for more than 55.000€! (all invoices will come with the car)


The present owner has not needed to do much to the M1, but what he did he did right:


- The engine and gearbox has been completely rebuilt with new bearings and pistons.

- Upholstery: new driver and passenger seat with original cloth

- Renewal of brakes including brake tubes

- New Cluch

- Underbody coating, cavity sealing with mike Sanders

- Renewal of air condition


The car comes with a BMW Classic Expertise. BMW Classic gave the car a condition level of 980 points out of maximum 1.000 points. This means a condition level according to BMW Classic of 1,1!


An important landmark in BMW's history, and in particular of its involvement with motor sport in the post-war era, the M1 is already highly collectible and is surely destined to become increasingly sought after by discerning aficionados of the marque.


Asking Price: 695.000€