The M1 is the most exotic BMW street car ever built. Essentially a homologation special, it was a limited production, virtually hand-built car with a tube frame utilizing state-of-the-art technology and a gorgeous Giugiaro-designed body. The road-going M1 was built upon the race-spec chassis, fitted with unequal length lateral links, alloy uprights, concentric coil springs and anti-roll bars front and rear.
The fuel-injected 277 hp engine facilitated top speeds of 260 km/h thanks in part to the M1’s excellent power-to-weight ratio. Just 455 examples were built, including 56 race cars. But, while the M1’s competition history in Procar and Group 5 is well known, less well documented is its rally participation, particularly the limited few cars that ran in 1981/2 with Motul/Rothmans sponsorship for the team of ORECA-founder Hugues de Chanauc.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
277 bhp, 3,453 cc Type M88/1 twin-cam six-cylinder engine with Kugelfischer-Bosch mechanical fuel injection and Magnetti Marelli ignition, five-speed ZF gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,560 mm (100.8")
Source: RM Auctions