Friday, June 12, 2009

1981 BMW M1

This is not your typical Just A Car Geek car, but M1s are so rare in this country I had to post this one.

There were just 456 production M1s made. None were officially imported to the US. In my lifetime I've seen two. Both were at Lime Rock Park's Vintage Fall Festival. The M1 shown below was there last year (2008). (You can click on the picture to enlarge it. I took the picture with my cheapo-cheapo digi camera, so it's not the best!)

The other M1 I saw at Lime Rock was part of a BMW presentation many years ago. (That's one of the many great reasons to spend your Labor Day weekend at Lime Rock. You never know what odd / rare / interesting cars will show up.)

The M1 being offered on eBay is even rarer than the two I've seen as, according to the seller, "it is one of two cars imported to the U.S. after have the wide body ProCar kit installed by AC Schnitzer." The ProCar kit includes the fender flares which give the car a much more aggressive look.

It would be pointless for me to now go into my usual spiel about reliability, parts availabilty, etc., etc., because, let's face it, no one is going to buy this to use as a daily driver or even a weekend driver. This is a special car. Anyway, if you can afford this car you can afford to find and acquire the parts for it.

Click here to find the eBay listing for this 1981 BMW M1.

Click here to see the AC Schnitzer website.

The Unofficial BMW M1 Website is an interesting enthusiast site dedicated to the car.

1 comment:

hoov23 said...

we sold one a few years back, red. amazing to see what they're going for nowadays.