1979 BMW M1 selling for $140,000

Interesting | October 29th, 2008 by 12

First built in 1978, the M1 is one of BMW’s finest vehicles to date. It was the first and only mid-engined BMW to be mass …

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First built in 1978, the M1 is one of BMW’s finest vehicles to date. It was the first and only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It was powered by a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine with Kugelfischer injection.

A version of this motor was later used in the South African version of the BMW 745i, of which 209 examples were built between 1984 and 1986, as well as the E24 BMW M6/M635CSi and E28 BMW M5. The engine had six separate throttle butterflies, four valves per cylinder and produced 273 hp. The production model reached a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph).

The M1 Procar version was Modified into the M88/1 by a team led by Paul Rosche and it was capable of producing 470 horsepower at 9000 rpm.

The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car.
Only 456 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW’s rarest models, so I wasn’t surprised when we saw the M1 being priced at $140,000 in a recent auction.

The BMW M1 in the photos below was delivered in 1980 by Styling Garage Spezialkarosserien of Hamburg with numerous cosmetic modifications reminiscent of the all-out racing M1s. At this time the car would enter the collection of the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani. It eventually “moved” to the U.S and it is shown in an unrestored condition and original to the age of customization.

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12 responses to “1979 BMW M1 selling for $140,000”

  1. Gragop says:

    If I had $140k that was just killing time I’d absolutely buy this thing!

  2. Lee says:

    No you wouldn’t. You’d have to fight me off first, and I don’t fight fair. :D

    I’d let you ride shotgun, though, so long as we get all of your wounds sealed up so you’re not dripping blood in the interior of my $140k M1.

  3. Gragop says:

    We’ll flip a coin for it. As we watch the coin tumble through the air I’ll punch you square in the face and then jump into the M1 and shoot off.

    Approximately a year or two later, when you’ve had a chance to calm down I’ll also give you a ride as well. :-)

    That or I’ll just go dig up one of the old Procars and try and buy one!

  4. Lee says:


    Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll be sure to hire a sniper before this happens.

    Anyone know where I can find some mercenaries???

    (Don’t worry, I’ll just ask them to shoot you in the kneecaps or something… nothing fatal.)

  5. Gragop says:


    You’re a sweet man, Lee!

    I’m going to go find a bat with a tail through one end of it…and maybe some kevlar knee pads.

  6. Lee says:

    You sure you don’t already have the knee pads???

    (Just sayin’)

  7. Gragop says:


    ha ha damn you – that’s a good one.

    No, no knee pads – just this Mack truck I’ve driven a nail through the front of!

  8. Steven says:

    Is is still for sale? Im def interested.

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