Expertly RestoredBMW M1 By Grand Prix Classics
- May 9, 2017
- Posted by Marc Enger
The M1 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaros Ital Design Firm. The body was fiberglass, the frame steel construction. Total weight was 2860 lbs. The M88 Series, inline 6 cylinder, 24 valve, 3.5 Liter engine, producing 277 BHP was used, with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection. The engine was lubricated with a dry sump system. Some road cars were delivered with the M1 pro car spec engines. Assembly was by BMW Motorsports division and was largely hand built. It was known for its light weight, good power and handling characteristics with beautiful lines.
Restored at a cost of $200,000—by BMW specialist The Werk Shop in Libertyville, Illinois completed in 2015. To include engine rebuild, transmission rebuild, body and paint, interior and more, for client Bobby Rahal. All receipts and photographs available for review.
In the mid 1970’s BMW Motorsports headed by Jochen Neerpasch had the idea of building a new mid-engine design sports car of low production numbers. First a collaboration with Lamborghini was pursued. When Lamborghini fell on financial hardship BMW decided to produce the new sports car in house. The M1 was to become the only production based mid-engine sports car built by BMW Motorsports. 450 M1 were built from 1979 – 1981 including the 50 competition Pro Car versions. 400 needed to be built for Homologation for the Group 4 competition class. This would bring BMW recognition and success in the One Make Pro Car series. A true icon in the super car world. – Learn more
Report by grandprixclassics.com