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The Original M Car



Timeless design, powerful engine, great exhaust note, superior brakes, a tiger on the track...only 450 built!



Warhol M1

Andy Warhol's
M1 Art Car


A great shot of an M1 by the Golden Gate Bridge


The rarest of modern BMWs was manufactured from 1979 to 1980 by Baur using an Italian made space frame chassis based on the 1972 Turbo concept car. 

The M1 was the first car produced by BMW Motorsport. Originally released in 1978, the M1 experienced production and homologation problems that kept it from international competition until the car was no longer competitive. First shown at the Paris Motor Show, the M1 was discontinued in 1981.

The Giugiaro-designed M1 was to be assembled by Lamborghini, but Lamborghini's poor financial situation and assembly delays caused BMW to move assembly to Baur, the German convertible builders. By the time production resumed, the homologation rules for international Group 5 racing had been changed. Since BMW had not met the required sales figures, the M1 went to the new Procar series instead. By the time BMW had sold enough cars, the M1 was no longer competitive for Group 5 racing. In 1981, David Coward and Kenper Miller won the IMSA GTO category.

M1 Engine

 The M1 had the 3.5 liter straight six that powered BMW sedans.

With a 24-valve cylinder head, the engine had 277 hp at 6500 rpm and develops 239 ft/lb of torque at 5000 rpm. Several racing versions exist with power outputs of up to 850hp.

The M1 was all Italian in look and feel, but had a big BMW engine wailing from the back. As one writer puts it, "the sensation of having that twin-cam six just behind your head is hard to describe-it's like extra bass, but without the 12-inch woofers." Only a handful of road versions of the M1 exist.



M1 Road Car

Cylinders: 6 in-line, mid mounted
Capacity: 3453cc
Power: 277hp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 243lb @ 5000rpm
Weight: 3175lb
Max Speed: 162mph
Acceleration: 0-100kmh(62mph) in 5.6sec
Fuel Consuption: 14.4mpg
Front Wheels/Tires: Alloy 7x16 205/55 VR16
Rear Wheels/Tires: Alloy 8x16 225/50 VR 16
Engine Mangement System: Kugelfischer-Bosh Mechanical injection

Featured Sites

The M1 Art Car by Andy Warhol.

M1 Procar story and photos.

M1 Part 1: An Introduction & the M1
M1 Part 2: The M1 Group 4
M1 Part 3: The M1 Group 4 - 1979 to 1980 Procar Championship
M1 Part 4: The M1 Group 4 - 1979
M1 Part 5: The M1 Group 4 - 1980 to 1984 World Manufacturers Championship

25th Anniversary special from the Roundel.

Korman M1 page. Click here to see an M1 for sale from Korman.

The BMW M1 Gallery contains many pictures of the BMW M1.

The BMW M1 has technical data and a gallery.

BMW M1 Procar Gallery contains BMW M1 Procar pictures.

BMW M1 Club eV from Germany. Click here for English.

BMW M1 page from the Netherlands has pictures of real cars.

BMW M1 page from Australia has pictures and nice specs.

1981 BMW M1 page has a few pictures from the Concours d'Elegance, Cincinnati, OH, June 1993.

BMW M1 Rally pictures from Classic Cars.

Motorbase BMW M1 Vehicle Profile with a picture and some specs.

THE BMW M1 review by Bernardo Pisarzewski.

BMW M1, a golden opportunity for Lamborghini. Has some nice large M1 pictures.

Racing posters from Auto Trend Graphics:

BMW M1 page in Russian.

Galeria TuningPT, BMW M1 in Portuguese with pictures.

German Car BMW M1 has a review with a lot of facts.

BMW M1 Auto Salon Singen AG has an M1 for sale, with several pictures, including interior pics.

PROCAR BMW M1 has facts and figures about BMW's M1 Procar experience., a great resource for auto art, has a few M1 pictures.

BMW M1: Der geilste BMW der Welt has a artist rendition from Auto Zeitung of the new M1. Click here for the BMW archive.

BMW-M1 1978 has a gallery of M1's.

1980 BMW M1 page from Supercarros in Brazil. Technische Daten and Fotogalerie.

M1 Picture Gallery from Australia.

MINICHAMPS Models has a red BMW M1 1978 1:43 scale.

AutoMania - Super Carros BMW M1 page.

BMW Canada M1 page.

Theo's Home features an M1 replica from a German company called Automobilbau SAIER.

John G.Burns the Unix Nerd's BMW M1 page.

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