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Holy Barn Find! A BMW M1 Was Hiding In A Garage For 34 Years 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Barn Finds, BMW, BMW M1, Classics, Galleries, Offbeat News on 12 29th, 2016


German BMW dealer and specialist Mint Classics has discovered an incredible 1981 BMW M1 barn find which has been collecting dust for the last 34 years.
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The M1 Is The Only True Supercar BMW Has Ever Made 4
Nov
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in BMW, BMW M1, BMW Videos, Classics, video on 11 4th, 2016


Can you imagine BMW pricing one of its cars around 75 percent dearer than a V12-powered Ferrari? No, neither can we, but in the late 1970s they did exactly that.
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The M1 Is The Only True Supercar BMW Has Ever Made 4
Nov
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in BMW, BMW M1, BMW Videos, Classics, video on 11 4th, 2016


Can you imagine BMW pricing one of its cars around 75 percent dearer than a V12-powered Ferrari? No, neither can we, but in the late 1970s they did exactly that.
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Restored 1979 BMW M1 Procar Is As Good As New 25
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M, BMW M1, Classics, Galleries on 09 25th, 2016


Canepa has just finished work restoring an absolutely stunning 1979 BMW M1 Procar, one of just 40 ever produced.
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Chris Harris Buys BMW 1M Coupe, Pays ‘Crazy Money’ For It 20
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW M1, Reports, Top Gear, UK on 09 20th, 2016


Testing cars for Top Gear and racing for Bentley in Blancpain have opened Chris Harris' appetite for horsepower, as he ended up spending some serious cash on a used BMW 1M Coupe.
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Niki Lauda Leads BMW M1 Procar Return 29
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Australia, BMW, BMW M1, F1, racing on 06 29th, 2016


Formula One won't be the only attraction during the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will also host the return of the BMW M1 Procar series. And what's more is that Niki Lauda will headline the revival.
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Drifting BMW 1M Coupe Will Make You Sigh 18
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW M1, BMW Videos, drifting, video on 06 18th, 2016


BMW's smallest M-car is now the M2 Coupe, but its predecessor will forever be a favorite among petrolheads.
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BMW M1 Chassis No. 001 Is Up For Grabs 26
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Barn Finds, BMW, BMW M1, Lamborghini on 12 26th, 2015


An extremely rare 1977 BMW M1 E26 popped up for sale.
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BMW M1 Chassis No. 001 Is Up For Grabs 26
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in auction, Barn Finds, BMW, BMW M1, Lamborghini on 12 26th, 2015


An extremely rare 1977 BMW M1 E26 popped up for sale.
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BMW Built A One-Off M3 “Münchner Wirte” For Oktoberfest [w/Video] 17
Sep
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in BMW, BMW M, BMW M1, BMW M3, BMW Videos, new cars, video on 09 17th, 2015


BMW M is honoring this year’s Oktoberfest with a one-off M3 in “Münchner Wirte” livery.
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IS BMW Back To Planning A New M1? 20
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW M1, Kurt, rumors on 06 20th, 2012

BMW's M1 Homage Concept. Image: BMW

BMW’s supercar, the M1, only saw production from 1979 until 1981. Less than 500 were ever built, making surviving examples rare and expensive. Many were raced, which decreases your odds of finding a street car survivor even further.

In 2008, BMW showed its M1 Homage Concept (pictured above) to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the M1. Rumors that the car would see production turned out to be false, but the upcoming i8 performance hybrid was said to be heavily influenced by the M1 Homage Concept.

Now comes word from Automibilwoche (via Left Lane News) that a new M1 isn’t entirely off the table. BMW, it seems, wants a halo sports car to go head to head with the Audi R8, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Porsche 911 Turbo, and a new M1 could do wonders for the company’s image.

Word is that the car will use a unique chassis, likely constructed from aluminum instead of carbon fiber to reduce costs. Expect power to come from a twin-turbo V-8, with output likely to be in the range of 650 horsepower. Since light weight is the key to performance, BMW is said to be shooting for a curb weight of 2,800 pounds, which is ambitious for just about anything with a V-8 under the hood.

We’d love to see a new M1, but question whether or not the global economy can sustain yet another supercar. We’re sure BMW is asking the same questions, which means that the accountants may wind up overruling the engineers.



BMW M1, With Ties To Jacksonville, Hits The Block 10
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, BMW, BMW M1, Events, Kurt on 08 10th, 2011

Peter Gregg's BMW M1 Art Car. Image: Bonhams

BMW’s M1 was the company’s first attempt at building a supercar. Produced between 1978 and 1981, BMW built just 456 examples of the mid-engine coupe, powered by a 3.5-liter straight six engine producing 273 horsepower in street trim. Mild by today’s standards, the car’s power and shape were cutting-edge at the end of the 1970s, and the M1 remains a highly desirable collector’s item today.

As valuable as an M1 is in any form, an M1 “Art Car” is exponentially more valuable. Throw in ties to a famous racer/owner who died a tragic death, and you have a recipe for huge auction numbers. The car pictured is a 1979 BMW M1 Art Car, painted by Frank Stella in a theme called “Polar Coordinates” and originally owned by IMSA champion road racer Peter Gregg. For Jacksonville, FL residents, Gregg is perhaps best known as the former owner of Brumos Motors, or for his tragic death by suicide at the age of 40. Injured in a crash on his way to the 1980 Le Mans race, Gregg was left with double vision; unable to race and unable to enjoy life, Gregg ended his life with a bullet by the side of the road on A1A.

Image: Bonhams

His BMW M1 was painted by artist Frank Stella, in Jacksonville, FL, in 1979. Stella designed the paint scheme himself, and produced a series of paintings on the theme as well. All “Polar Coordinates” pieces, including the M1, were dedicated to Ronnie Peterson, a fellow racer and teammate of Gregg’s who died following a crash at Monza in 1978.

Image: Bonhams

Gregg’s former M1 is currently owned by the Guggenheim Museum, and it represents the only BMW Art Car not owned by BMW. It’s scheduled to cross the block at Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale on August 18, and pre-auction estimates have the value at $450,000 to $600,000. Given the car’s history and status as an Art Car, I expect that estimate will easily be broken. BMW would love to bring the car home to Munich, but it would be fitting if it were snapped up by someone with ties to Jacksonville. This city is a big part of the car’s tragic history, and it belongs here as much as it does in Munich.

Source: New York Times Wheels







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