BMW M1 (E26) 1979.
Stunning example of BMW's only true supercar. Very rare and collectable.
In October 1978, BMW unveiled the famous M1 at the Paris Motorshow. It was the first car sold under the now legendary Motorsport banner, and at the time of introduction it was the most comfortable and useable supercar money could buy. The M1 was conceived by BMW Motorsports Jochen Neerpasch, as a direct rival to the Porsches in Group 4 and Group 5, and more importantly at Le Mans. The design was made by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and the aim was to style a supercar which was also unmistakable a BMW. The plan was to build the cars at Lamborghini, but even before production started they went bust. At the same time, FIA changed the rules, and the M1 became suddenly an homologation special without a race series. Luckily, Jochen Neerpasch succeeded in creating the special Procar series, a one-make racing series supporting the F1 Grands Prix, and driven by the top F1 drivers. In the end, production of the roadgoing version was passed on to Baur, and in total 390 roadcars were build. Additionally, also 49 racing M1's were constructed for the Procar series. This makes it a very rare and exotic car, and in fact the one and only supercar ever build by BMW.
This particular example was delivered to a famous Danish entrepreneur in August 1979. When he passed away in 1984, the car was purchased by a racing driver, who also raced M1 Procar at the time. The car remained in his possession until very recently, and it has been used on a regularly base. The car was maintained in his own BMW dealership by the same skilled mechanics who worked for the Procar series, and this for the last 30 years. Everything is in as new condition, as no expenses were spared to keep this BMW in perfect condition. Even the central aluminium cooling pipe has been changed during his ownership. This is a massive advantage, as this car has been really driven and accordingly thoroughly maintained, which makes it so much more desireable compared to a low mileage garage queen.
Supercars from the seventies are becoming more and more sought after by collectors, and the BMW M1 is one of those icons from that era. This example is finished from new in Dark Blue, and only 59 were made in this desirable colour. These cars do rarely come on the public market, and most of these are getting tucked away in private collections as investment. No wonder, as it ticks all the right boxes : rare, fast, racing pedigree and great styling. It is now the time to invest in an original and perfect BMW M1 : you won’t be disappointed with this impressive and immaculate supercar.