There are very few BMWs out there today that commend the respect and value of the 1M, the special project from M that took the world by surprise. When unveiled in 2011, the 1M Coupe was praised by everyone for its looks, handling and raw power, and since, it has climbed to a rockstar status in the BMW community.

Even before it launched in 2011, BMW 1M was sold out at most dealerships across the country. And in places where units were still available, outrageous MSPRs were being thrown around, north of $10,000 over the normal price in some cases.

BMW was originally going to release the 1M as a limited production model of 2,700 units. Then due to overwhelming demand, the company lifted the cap and produced a total of 6309 cars until production ended in June 2012. Nevertheless, production of the 1M Coup stopped in June 2012, with 740 units sold in the US and a further 220 sold in Canada. Total 6309 cars sold worldwide.

It’s unknown how many of those units are still on the market, but one thing is for sure though – prices on the used car market continue to climb. Just this past week, a BMW 1M in Valencia Orange was auctioned on Bring A Trailer and the final price is nothing short of impressive – $72,500. The original window sticker shows a total MSRP of $54,635.

Apparently the buyer already owns three other 1Ms and from the looks of it, this might be an investment for him or her.

This 2011 BMW 1M was delivered new to the current owner in June 2011 finished in Valencia Orange Metallic over a black leather interior with contrasting orange stitching. It has since been stored in a climate-controlled garage as part of a private collection and now shows just 4,201 total miles.

The accident-free Carfax shows one North Carolina owner and consistent odometer readings from new, so it comes as no surprise that it sold for that amount.

If the E30 M3 is an indication, the prices for pristine and stock 1Ms are likely to climb in the future, and soon we might see those special “baby-Ms” being part of the BMW Museum in Munich.