Produced: 1979-1980, 456 produced.
Types: Coupe,2 doors,2 seats

The BMW M1 is a supercar automobile, and was the first and only mid-engined BMW. It employed a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L 6-cylinder engine, a version of which was later used in the E24 BMW M6/M635CSi and E28 BMW M5. The engine had six separate throttle butterflies, four valves per cylinder and produced 277 PS (204 kW) in the street version, giving a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph). Turbocharged racing versions were capable of producing around 850 hp.

The M1 coupe was hand-built between 1978 and 1981 under the Motorsport division of BMW as a homologation special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro, taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. Originally, BMW commissioned Lamborghini to work out the details of the car's chassis, assemble prototypes and manufacture the vehicles, but Lamborghini's financial position meant that BMW reassumed control over the project in April 1978, after seven prototypes were built. Only 455 production M1s were built[1].

Though the car never saw a great deal of racing success, the M1 is remembered as a refined and civilized supercar in the true BMW tradition, with great handling and stellar build quality. In 2004, Sports Car International named the car number ten on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970s.

Source: Motorbase
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
162 mph5.5 s
Auction Sales History
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
235 BMW M1 Group 4 Procar Rally Coys 14 Jan 2012 Not sold
170 BMW M1 Pro-car Competition Coupé Bonhams 1 Oct 2011 Not sold
15 BMW M1 Pro-car Bonhams & Butterfields 18 Aug 2011 - $854000.00
64 BMW M1 Coup� Bonhams 11 Oct 2010 $220000.00 $264000.00
552 BMW MI RM Auctions 7 Oct 2010 - $137500.00
242 BMW M1 Coupe Bonhams 18 May 2009 €120000.00 €138000.00
157 1980 BMW M1 Coupé Bonhams 20 May 2006 €71000.00 €81650.00
79 BMW M1 'PROCAR' Christies 11 Feb 2006 Not sold
348 1981 BMW M1 Coys 14 May 2005 - €68033.00
422 BMW M1 Coupe Bonhams 2 Oct 2004 CHF70000.00 CHF80409.00
030 BMW M1 Artcurial - Briest - Poulain Le Fur 15 Feb 2004 Not sold
548 BMW M1 Coupe (1980) Bonhams 11 Jul 2003 £26500.00 -
029 BMW M1 (1980) Christies 17 Jun 2000 - £70500.00
311 BMW M1 (1980) Brooks 10 Mar 2000 Not sold
726 BMW M1 (1980) Brooks 18 Jun 1999 Not sold
789 BMW M1 Coupe (1980) Brooks 2 Dec 1998 Not sold
269 BMW M1 Coupe (1980) Brooks 8 Aug 1998 Not sold
043 BMW M1 (1980) Poulain LeFur 22 Jun 1998 Not sold
041 BMW M1 (1980) Christies 25 Apr 1998 - $96000.00
025 BMW M535i (1980) H&H Sales Limited 5 Jun 1996 Not sold
221 BMW M1 Competition (1980) Brooks 24 May 1995 Not sold
037 BMW M1 (1980) Coys 1 Dec 1994 £43000.00 -
081 March-BMW M1 (1979) Coys 30 Jul 1994 Not sold
062 BMW M1 (1980) Brooks 17 May 1993 Not sold
Magazine Articles
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Article A mountain to climb
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Publication Classic Cars September 2008
A mountain to climb - BMW's M1 had one of the most traumatic births in motoring history.  Thiry years on we stress-test it again on a trans-Alpine journey from Italy to its birthplace in Germany. 
Article Attention please
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Publication Classic Cars November 2006
Attention please - As if BMW's ultra-rare M1 supercar isn't striking enough, this uniquely painted Maurer version is guaranteed to stand out in the car park.  Take a closer look.  BMW M1
Article Fragile vs Ego - BMW M1 vs Lotus Esprit S2
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Publication Classic Cars August 2004
Fragile vs Ego - BMW M1 vs Lotus Esprit S2 - It’s hard to imagine rational BMW and brilliant but fragile Lotus competing head-to-head.  That the M1 and Esprit had so much in common is a bigger surprise.
Article Out of the cold - BMW M1 takes on the Alpes
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Publication Octane March 2010
Out of the cold - BMW M1 takes on the Alpes - Thirty years ago, BMW shocked the world by launching its first supercar.  Buyers weren't ready and it bombed, but now the M1 is recognised as one of the greatest driver's cars to have come from Munich.  We pay tribute.
Article M1 - Part 2
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Publication Car July 2008
M1 - Part 2 - 30 years on from the original M1, the BMW supercar is back.  Georg kacher gets the inside story for CAR>
Article BMW M1
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Publication MotorSport March 2008
BMW M1 - After a traumatic birth and instant redundancy, it was saved by a clever business plan and a brilliant promotional idea.
Article Flat-out on the M1
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Publication Classic & Sports Car March 2004
BMW's only supercar remains the fleetest of its breed even a quarter-century on: Richard Heseltine and David Evans try some brute power in Bavaria.
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