1980 BMW M1 Coupé  Chassis no. WBS59910004301320

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Lot 422
1980 BMW M1 Coupé
Chassis no. WBS59910004301320

Sold for CHF 80,408 (US$ 87,879) inc. premium
1980 BMW M1 Coupé
Chassis no. WBS59910004301320
A proposed ‘Silhouette Formula’ for production-based cars triggered the M1 project in the mid-1970s, a mid-engined concept car designed in-house at BMW providing the basis. M1 development was contracted first to Lamborghini and then to Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design, though almost all cars were built in Germany. Giugiaro’s compact coupé bodywork in glassfibre was wrapped around a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, while a twin-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder version of BMW’s 3.5-litre six driving via a five-speed ZF transaxle provided the motive power. First shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, the road-going M1 came with 277bhp and a top speed of 160mph. Only ever intended as a limited-edition model, the M1 ceased production after 456 examples had been built, a minimum of 400 being required for homologation. In the event, the abandonment of Silhouette robbed the car of its raison d’être, though the M1-only Procar Series run at Grand Prix races in 1980 and ‘81 provided BMW Motorsport with a valuable showcase by way of consolation.

This well preserved example was imported into the USA and purchased by the present owner at auction in Phoenix, Arizona in 1988, since when it has seen relatively infrequent use. The car benefits from a BMW factory-fitted catalyser and is unleaded compatible. Finished in red with black leather/ fabric interior, it displays a total of just 6,460 kilometres on the odometer and is presented in very good condition throughout and driving well. The vehicle is offered with Swiss roadworthiness and registration documents. Embodying BMW Motorsport’s state-of-the-art technical excellence, this generally overlooked and undervalued supercar affords great comfort and reliability combined with unparalleled performance.



Cet exemplaire, très bien conservé, fut vendu neuf aux Etats-Unis et acquis par l’actuel propriétaire en 1988, lors d’une vente aux enchères à Scottsdale, en Arizona. Depuis, il ne l’utilise qu’environ six fois par an. La voiture bénéficie d’un catalyseur usine et roule à l’essence sans-plomb. De couleur rouge, intérieur cuir noir et tissu gris, elle affiche au compteur quelques 6460 km et se présente dans de très bonnes conditions mécaniques et en carrosserie. Cette rare M1 est livrée avec des papiers suisses et un contrôle technique à jour. Etant considérée comme étant le fer de lance de la technologie BMW Motorsport des années 80, cette généreuse et indémodable supercar offre un grand confort de conduite et une fiabilité réputée avec des performances incomparables.
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