Classics Just Listed: 1981 BMW M1 #420

22:30  31 may  2018
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One of just 399 road-going cars. 277bhp straight-six. Amazingly low mileage at just over 420 miles on the odometer when I drove it.

Looking for the BMW M 1 of your dreams? There are currently 8084 BMW M 1 cars as well as thousands of other iconic classic and collectors cars for sale on Classic Driver.

While the Internet has made it much easier to find desirable classics, many remain hard to find simply because there weren't that many of them in the first place and the current proprietors of the limited supply rarely have a reason to move their holdings. The legendary BMW M1 is such a car, and at the moment, the rare opportunity to make one yours is presenting itself on Bring A Trailer.

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One of only 455 ever made and even fewer imported into the US, this 1981 BMW M 1 would make a proud flagship of any Bimmer collection. It was meticulously cared for over the following decades, and arrives at auction in highly original condition, with just under 8,000 miles on the odometer.

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BMW created the M1 for competition in Group 4 racing and the road-going examples were built for homologation, though the car was never homologated due to production challenges. BMW instead launched the M1 Procar Series just for the M1. A total of 453 cars were built according to, with 399 being road-going cars and the other 54 being race-spec examples.

Power for the M1 comes from a 3.5-liter inline-six that makes 277 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque mated to a five-speed manual. "The M1's Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection doesn't muffle the diabolical wail coming from the six individual throttle bodies, and equal-length spaghetti headers make the exhaust positively sing," wrote former editor Jason Camissa of the mid-engine coupe's aural experience.

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Click for details: 1981 BMW M 1 on Classic Driver. The M 1 is one of those cars that you won’t be getting a bargain on anytime soon. Hagerty is listing them at just under 0,000 for a top notch example.

1981 BMW M 1 . This is not your typical Just A Car Geek car, but M 1 s are so rare in this country I had to post this one. There were just 456 production M 1 s made. Click here to find the eBay listing for this 1981 BMW M 1 .

a car parked in a parking lot© Automobile Magazine Staff

The white 1981 M1 being presented on Bring a Trailer is car #420. It is a Swizterland-based Euro-spec example that's being presented by the son of the original (and current) Swiss owner. It has only around 58,000 miles on the clock and the listing says that the car is largely stock save for an aftermarket stereo and alarm.

Bidding is already up to $260,000 and the final price is likely to be well over the $500,000 mark by the time the auction ends in seven days. If you've got the hankering for an M1 (though don't we all?) and the sufficiently deep pockets, head over to Bring a Trailer to learn more about the car and start bidding.

1981 BMW M1 Number 420 04© Automobile Magazine Staff 1981 BMW M1 Number 420 04

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