eBay Gem: 1980 BMW M1 with 2,747 miles

BMW M1, Featured Posts | April 28th, 2011 by 15
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Now this is something you don’t get to see every day. A 1980 BMW M1 supercar shows up on eBay and it is quite unique. …

Now this is something you don’t get to see every day. A 1980 BMW M1 supercar shows up on eBay and it is quite unique. The one of 456 examples ever built has only 4,418 kilometers (2,747 miles) on the odometer and the owners claims to be in original condition.

According to the eBay listing, the M1 was “garaged for all of its life and pampered” in a German private residence, before it was imported in the United States having surpassed the 25-year age requirement.

The current bid is $201,000 (at 11:15 EST) and most likely, it will go up after our article goes live. A recent 1980 M1 sold for $250,000, so we expect a similar final sales price.

eBay Gem: 1980 BMW M1 with 2,747 miles

The M1 came to life in 1978 at the Paris Motor Show as the M divisions first ever creation.The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car.

At the time of its launch, it was one of the fastest and most dynamic cars on the market. It featured a 277 horsepower 3.5-liter straight-six engine and could reach speeds in excess of 160 mph. The redline came at 7,000 rpm and the M1 was capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds.

[Source: Carscoop ]

  • Tom Cardone

    wowww thats awesome! its gotta be a blast to drive. great find!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    GIVE ME A GUN… in 1998 I was about to buy an M1. Same color everything but with 22k miles. Ft. Lauderdale dealership, they had it on the list for 75grand. I got it down to 69.5k and had the financing down when I pulled out. I looked at the prices and they were stable at the 70-75k range from 1990-1998 and I figured it will be a very long time before they go up. 13 years and they more then doubled. Wow.
    I bought an 8 series and a Z1 instead, I figured I will have fun with these and the M1 I would have never driven much anyway… oh well.

    • Giom

      Look, at least you had the pleasure of owning two other classics. Btw, do you still have them? They’re both on my BMW favorite list – never had the pleasure of owning them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

        I still do both. I added a few other BMW’s but kept those. They are great, but the value is nowhere near close to the M1 value. Had I known the M1 will appreciate this much, I would have gone for it. But again, I would have drove the car just like I do with the Z1.
        I buy a car for a driving pleasure not to look at it. Maintenance and careful driving can still preserve them.
        This car on ebay is a wasted car. It should have been driven and should have at least 15-20k miles on it, with regular service. I don’t think it had a proper annual service and frankly most items needs service weather its run or not.

  • Ralfyx

    It’s nice that you provided a link to the ebay auction.

  • 02 touring

    A BMW M1 is always a nice thing, but you get a nagging feeling something ain’t quite right when you discover that this $200,000+ car’s been treated to some cheapskate Fulda tires!! Clearly, then, the owner must a real car enthusiast…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      Well, I’m sure the less then 2,800 miles were perfectly good on those Fulda’s.
      Seriously this owner did not drive the cars. He kept them as museum pieces, like a vase or painting. Looked at it and that’s it. Why buy a performance car and not drive it ? Beats me. At least drive a few hundred miles each year, and take some longer trips occasionally to stretch the car out of sleeping.
      Rubber bushings, seals, bearings, etc. all will need attention before any driving would occur. My Z1 gets about 400-500 miles a year and just changed all suspension pieces due to not wear, but age.
      The Fulda tread pattern is exactly like the Goodyear F1 so I guess he felt the look was there and it held air, so why bother with anything else.
      the original Pirelli’s were most likely plastic-ish already. Same thing happened to me on the original P7000 from 1989 were almost as hard as plastic. In 2004 I opted for some premium Yokohama and the car changed big time. The pirelli’s had only 23k miles and plenty of thread, but were hard aged tires. The manufacturing date on them was 1988 !!!

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  • http://futurespassed.com Futures Passed

    That car is fantastic, but I don’t think that color got any better with age.

  • asif

    It was the only mid-engined New BMW 1-Series to be mass produced. It employed a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L 6-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel 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 bodies, four valves per cylinder and produced 277 PS (204 kW; 273 hp) in the street version, giving a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). Turbocharged racing versions were capable of producing around 850 hp (634 kW).

  • asif

    It was the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It employed a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L 6-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel 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 bodies, four valves per cylinder and produced 277 PS (204 kW; 273 hp) in the street version, giving a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). Turbocharged racing versions were capable of producing around 850 hp (634 kW).
    http://www.broadspeed.com

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