When we think of cars costing nearly, or above, a million dollars, we think of cars like the Bugatti Veyron or the McLaren P1. These cars have horsepower figures of around 1,000 and can do 0-60mph in under three seconds. These are the kinds of cars that can do well over 200mph without sweating.
It’s ludicrous performance territory, but then again, it should be for over $1,000,000. But what about for a car with a 3.5 liter I6 engine, a 5-speed manual gearbox, 277hp and takes a leisurely 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standstill?
Well, if that’s the kind of car you want to spend $1,000,000 of your hard earned cheddar on, then this 1981 BMW M1 is for you.
Admittedly I undersold this particular M1 a bit back there. The M1 normally goes for insane amounts of money, but I’ve never seen one go for seven-figures. This M1 is no normal M1, however. It’s probably the most special M1 we may ever actually see. It resides in Münster, Germany, it only has 17.500 km on it from new, and is only one of three to ever be painted in its Polaris Silver paint job. That’s right, one of three ever made. The first was a prototype car, the second was this M1, VIN 4301424, and the third was made special for Bernie Ecclestone. Being that one was a prototype and never sold and the other was made special for Bernie, that makes this the rarest paint color for an M1, ever.
The Polaris Silver color is not only extremely rare, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. Silver cars aren’t usually my thing, but this M1 looks the absolute business in it, with the black rear window slats and black side mirrors. The Black leather interior looks as if it was never touched, partly because it basically wasn’t. The pictures of all the mechanicals show zero evidence of wear and tear, with not a drop of oil on a single part. The phrase is a bit cliche, but it looks as if it’s just been driven off the showroom floor. The listing even has matching numbers for the engine and gearbox.
This M1 is absolutely gorgeous and at $965,000 is the most expensive BMW I’ve ever seen. It’s probably worth the money to a big time car collector, but it’s still hard to fathom that kind of dough being shelled out for a BMW from 1981. Having said that, if I was the next internet billionaire, I’d be on a plane to Münster as we speak to get ready to drop a million bucks on the most incredible BMW I’ve ever seen and a ton of Münster cheese.