bmw m1 1980

BMW M1 – 1980

bmw m1 1980
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  • Unveiled at the 1978 Paris Auto Show, the BMW M1 was conceived from the ground up by BMW Motorsport GmbH founding director Jochen Neerpasch to have the potential of winning in Group 5 racing, a series dominated by Porsche and the 935. Despite its production being limited to just 399 roadgoing units, the resulting mid-engined supercar became one of the most significant icons made by the Munich marque.

    Legendary engine designer Paul Rosche created the 3,453cc M88 inline-six of the M1, giving it Kugelfischer fuel injection, six individual throttle bodies, and dry-sump lubrication. The result was what is universally acknowledged as one of the finest BMW engines of all time. Another legend, Giorgetto Giugiaro at ItalDesign, penned the iconic and timeless shape of the M1.

    However, by 1979 the project had been seriously delayed following the bankruptcy of Lamborghini, originally contracted to develop and build the production cars. The delay also meant that the M1 had not been produced in sufficient numbers for FIA homologation. Therefore, to give the sporting credibility needed to boost road car sales, the BMW M1 Procar Championship was conceived as a one make series and support race to F1, driven by an all star roster of pilots such as Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost and Hans-Joachim Stuck, just to name a few. Procar proved hugely popular with the public and ran over two seasons until BMW Motorsport shifted their interest to F1 but from 1980 the M1 had been homologated and would compete internationally at the highest level, from Le Mans and IMSA GTO to Group B Rally. 

    This M1 currently on offer is a concours winning example of the road going ’80’s supercar. As confirmed by BMW Classic, this particular chassis number WBS59910004301170 with matching engine number M88-173 and original colour code 208 Red, was manufactured in January 1980 and delivered by the Berlin BMW dealer on February 20th 1980 to a Franz Reuther. Reuther, more generally recognized as the hugely successful music producer and song writer Frank Farian, is most famously known for creating hit making disco and pop acts like Boney M., Milli Vanilli, La Bouche and No Mercy. 

    During his ownership Farian is understood to have commissioned BMW Motorsport to modify his car with the bodywork of the M1 competition cars, making it exceedingly rare as one of a very small number to have done so in period. This factory modification is not to be confused with the other relatively more common period Procar inspired,  but dealer modified, AHG Studie cars of which as many as ten or more were produced. However, like some of the AHG cars, the original cloth inserts of the seats of this car have been upgraded to full leather and the Star music producer also predictably fitted a comprehensively upgraded period sound system with Becker Mexico stereo, Clarion graphic equalizer and custom loudspeaker installation. 

    Dynamically this car benefits from substantially increased levels of aerodynamic and mechanical grip over the standard M1 road cars, with the flared wheel arches allowing space for far wider tires. At the time of its conversion under Farian’s ownership this car was fitted with BBS RS 16 inch diameter rims measuring 8” wide at the front and 10” wide at the rear. Later the car was fitted with even wider 17 inch diameter BBS E87 rims, measuring 10” wide at the front and 11” at the rear.

    The car was held by Frank Farian for close to three decades until sold to a Mr. Jennen of Belgium in late 2008 and registered in Belgium in early 2009. As described by Mr. Jennen, he bought the car unseen directly from Farian whose decision to move his FAR STUDIOS Rosbach to the US necessitated the sale. Given this special opportunity one short phone call was all it took, after which he was the new owner. Between 2012 and November 2020 the car was owned by German classic automobile specialist Gassman before being acquired by the current owner. 

    Just before its most recent sale the car, now affectionately nicknamed BoneyM1, won the Owners Choice award at the prestigious 2020 Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance. To take this award, the car clearly already presented at a high international level but the meticulous current owner has since improved further on this M1 through a complete respray in its original color as well as a mechanical overhaul and servicing by our expert team at MOTIKON.

    The M1 was the first and defining “M”-car and a testament to the engineering and motorsport heritage of the marque. Perhaps even more of an achievement, the M1 does not compromise on the usability and quality for which BMW M is known for and which clearly distinguishes it from most other supercars of its period. As exotic as this Motorsport upgraded M1 looks, it is more than capable of being driven regularly and reliably. For a BMW closing in on its 50 year anniversary, the current mileage showing just under an honest 91000km indicates that previous owners have both understood and taken advantage of the joys of driving this car, which is something the future owner will certainly appreciate as well. 

    The car will be delivered with a set of brand new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, dimension in front 225/50 and rear 255/50, on original BBS RS 16” rims as well as a new set of NITTO NT555 G2 tyres, dimensions in front 275/40 and rear 315/35, on original BBS E87 17” motorsport rims. A Carfax report is included with first entry 1980-02-20 when registered from new, followed by the next entry of September 2021 when registered in Sweden, and shows no accidents or other damage during this period. An adjoining report details the car’s history while registered in Belgium.

    In reference to the song made famous by its first illustrious owner, don’t miss this rare chance to be the next ”Daddy Cool” caretaker of BoneyM1: a stunning and unique matching numbers Procar for the road with an exceptional provenance and history, expertly inspected and maintained to an excellent running order.



    1980-01 Manufactured by BMW Motorsport 

    1980-02-20 Delivery from BMW Berlin

    1987-07-22 Registered with Procar bodywork and BBS RS 16” rims

    1989-09-22 Registered with 17” rims

    2008-11 Change of ownership

    2009-02-13 Registered in Belgium

    2012-03-24 Change of ownership

    2020-10-21 90,252 km MOT test: UK

    2020-11-14 Change of ownership

    2021-05-20 Registered in Sweden

    2021-05-27 90,314 km Technical inspection: Sweden 

    2023-11-10 90,882 km Technical inspection: Sweden

  • Model Year 1980
    Mileage — km
    Transmission Manual
    Ext. color Red
    Int. color Black
    Price 6 995 000 SEK

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