17 June 2000
1980 BMW M1
Chassis No. WBS 5991000.4301336
White with black leather/grey cloth interior
Engine: six cylinder in-line, double overhead camshafts, 3,453cc, 277bhp at 6,500rpm; Gearbox: AF five-speed; Suspension: four wheel independent coil and shock; Brakes: four wheel vented disc. Left hand drive.
The amazing BMW M1 was the result of combined efforts from BMW Motorsports and designer Giugiaro. From the beginning it was the perfect blend of Italian style and reliable German performance. However, these traits were not the priority of BMW. The car was created because of homologation rules requiring the construction of 400 examples in order to compete in the sports-racing category. The simple goal was to build a car faster than the Porsche 911, a dominating competitor in this racing class. The result was beyond simply a faster car, it was a beautiful automobile that drove better than any mid-engine car built at that time, largely due to the fact that the suspension geometry was optimum, making for a very balanced car.
The dohc 24 valve engine was faultless and provided a silky smooth power band all the way up to its red line. Its horse power rating of 277 is considered by most to be conservative, as the same engine produces over 320bhp in the more catalyst-burdened M5 sedan of today. In any case, the engine powered the M1s to several victories in the sport/racing class. After attaining racing success, BMW halted the expensive production of mid-engined supercars in favor of less expensive applications of the gained technology. This technology lived on through BMW Motorsports in the form of the highly acclaimed M5 and M6 sedans. In total, only 456 M1s were built - each with the legacy of perfect engineering and design.
The M1 offered here has a recorded mileage of only 3,328 which appears to be in keeping with the car's overall good condition. The panelwork is all straight and fits well, while the interior has correct black leather seats with grey cloth inserts and complementary door trim. A Kenwood car stereo is fitted with extra speakers under the front dashboard. It has, of course, the correct distinctive Campanolo slot wheels with Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires fitted. The Owner's Handbook confirms that the BMW was given its delivery inspection by the factory, BMW Motorsport GmbH, on 11.11.80 and the first 1,000km service was performed at the factory very shortly afterwards. A David Hobbs BMW of Houston, TX business card is pinned to the handbook, so clearly the car was retailed and/or serviced by them at some time before coming into its present ownership in 1987.
These BMWs are understated sports cars and as the handbook states "...your choice reveals a high degree of technical appreciation and a distinctive taste in motoring."
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