Produced to compete in the 1976 Group Five racing series, the BMW M1 is both the brand’s first mid-engined vehicle and arguably its first supercar. It’s powered by the same twin-cam 3.5-liter straight-six that lived under the M5’s hood, developing 273 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. During its short production run from 1979 to 1981, the German carmaker produced just 399 examples of the M1, making it easily one of the rarest BMWs ever made.
Today’s vehicle listed for sale is a very early 1979 model and the 11th M1 built. According to the seller, it was the first M1 to wear blue paint and was delivered initially to BMW AG’s Press Department on January 10th, 1979. It shows 24,518 miles on the clock and is in excellent condition.
As this vehicle lived in a private collection for many years, it was not ready to be driven and enjoyed. Thus the seller sent it off to Oldenzaal Classics B.V. for proper maintenance. The result is more than 450 hours invested in ensuring that this M1 is mechanically sound and ready for a new owner to enjoy.
The vehicle is currently listed for sale by Ferrari Los Angeles with an asking price of $799,000. For more information, please call (888)-699-9351 or click the link below.