The BMW M1 holds a special place in automotive history as a homologation car built for racing purposes. It is widely regarded as one of the most iconic sports cars of the 1970s and 1980s. The M1 was specifically designed to meet the requirements of Group 4 racing regulations, which required manufacturers to build a certain number of road cars to qualify for professional competition. Today, Ferrari Los Angeles is proud to present one of the earliest 1979 BMW M1 production cars as part of their current inventory of exotics.
Along with being the 11th M1 model ever built at BMW's factory, this specific example is known to be the first to feature a stunning dark blue finish with M-Divison livery colors. Before it was originallly acquired by its long-time owner, the BMW M1 was delivered initially to BMW AG's Press Department on January 10th, 1979. During its short production run from 1979 to 1981, the German carmaker produced just 399 examples of the M1, making it easily one of the rarest BMWs ever made.
As this BMW M1 lived in a private collection for many years, it was not ready to be driven and enjoyed. Thus the seller sent it off to Oldenzaal Classics B.V. for proper maintenance. The result is more than 450 hours invested in ensuring that the M1 is mechanically sound and ready for a new owner to enjoy. Its black leather and fabric interior is in the same pritstine condition as it was rolling off the production line more than 43 years ago.
The 1979 M1 was powered by the same BMW twin-cam 3.5-liter straight-six that lived under the M5's hood, developing 273 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. Managed by a traditional 5-speed manual transmission, this BMW classic stands out as the ultimate driver's car. This immaculate 1979 BMW M1 from Ferrari Los Angeles is currently for sale with only 24,518 miles on duPont REGISTRY by clicking the link below.