An eBay seller listed what he described as being the very first BMW M1 prototype, but the vehicle is no longer available.
According to the owner, the 1977 prototype was actually built by Lamborghini before BMW decided to handle the project on its own after a series of conflicts. The car isn’t exactly in good shape as it needs a lot of TLC both inside and out after spending no less than three decades in a barn. The seller mentions it needs a full restoration and it seems the vehicle was later converted to race specification for the 1979 Procar BMW M1 Championship.
If you go to the eBay link below, it’ll say the seller ended the listing because the car is no longer available. Either he changed his mind or managed to sell it to someone else outside eBay. Located in Bad Aibling, Germany, this M1 prototype proved to be quite popular among prospect buyers as the listing had 79 bids, with the highest one standing at $81,600. The seller established a reserve price, but it wasn’t met while the eBay listing was active.
We just hope the car will be restored to its former glory as it represents an important piece of BMW history, even though it was made in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Taking into account someone asked $965,000 for a mint 1981 M1 Polaris Silver earlier this year, this prototype could easily hit the $1 million mark if fully restored.