The BMW M1 was a concept that came together by a mutual agreement between BMW and Italian supercar made Lamborghini. Unfortunately a bad financial time for the later, Lamborghini withdrew from the project, leaving BMW to manufacture the car all by themselves. The resulting car was the BMW M1, sold by the company between 1978 – 1981. Till today, the BMW M1 remains the only mid-engine car that the company ever made, making it unique in all sorts.
While so, the BMW M1’s design shows the best from the imagination of its Italian and German creators. Its dual grille cutouts at the front typically denote the German carmaker, while the overall wedge-shaped body reminds of flair that was only seen on Italian cars from back in the day.
This particular model we see here comes from 1981, the final year that the BMW M1 was made. Honing a 3.5 -litre, twin-cam M88/1, six-cylinder engine that produced 277 bhp, this street version will be going on sale at this year’s RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale that is to take place in New York on December 10. Currently there are on 399 road-going examples that remain of this ecstatic supercar from the 70’s. You can find out more about the car here.
All images copyright Patrick Ernzen For RM Sotheby’s