• Oct 20th 2008 at 12:35PM
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Click above for gallery of the 1979 BMW M1

One of the rarest of (relatively) modern BMWs is the M1. Back in the mid-1970s, the gang in Munich were tired of Porsche getting all the glory in sports car racing with its 911-based 934 and 935. BMW decided to design a car specifically to compete in Group 4 and 5 racing against those Porsches, and because Group 4 required that a minimum of 400 road going cars be built for homologation, BMW designed the race car and then changed only what was necessary to make the car acceptable for the street. Unfortunately, by the time they got the 400 cars built, competition was already moving on and few M1s were ever raced.

BMW did build a small run of cars based on the Group 4 spec car for an all-steer all-star series called ProCar that was ran in conjunction with some F1 races, and the 3.5L twin-cam 24-valve inline-six eventually found a home in the first generation M5 and M6. Some of the 456 road cars were later converted to replicas of the ProCar machines, including one that has popped up on eBay this week. As of this writing, the bidding is at $140,000 and the Buy it Now price is a mere $189,000. Thanks for the tip, Michael!

[Source: eBay]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Only $189K!
      Hell yeah I would buy this if I had the money.
      But like many of us if I had the money, I would hide the cash under my bed since the global markets have taken a dump on all of us.
      Come to think of it, I would be more than happy if I had my replica Matchbox car in mint condition from 1980!
      What\'s goin\' on?
      • 6 Years Ago
      mmmm, a much beloved car of my childhood. had an r/c model with the same paint and decal scheme.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is in ebay again?
      And wasn't it on AB before?

      • 6 Years Ago
      It is currently showing 32,719 kilometers, picture shows miles and the add says 37,200 miles
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny. Says the car was "delivered in 1980... At this time the car would enter the collection of the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani"

      But the coach builder's plate says January 1984.....


      Also... holy speakers in the doors Batman!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe the original M1 roadcar this was born from was delivered by BMW in 1980... and then converted to this ProCar "replica" in 1984 by the coachbuilder people.

        That's how I understand it anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damnit! Why can't I have $189,000 lying around. I would buy it in two seconds.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tell me about it Nole.....that's one hell of a bargain too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is located about a mile from my house at a place called Driver Source. To be honest, it's a bad example of an M1. The sun roof is one of those e-bay ones that you cut and glue on into your roof, and the colors don't exactly match BMW M colors. They've been trying to sell it for over a year and a half with no success - even with quite a few public showints. The real BMW enthusiasts have seen it, and have walked away. I wouldn't spend 190k on this one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The ad lost me at "cosmetic modifications reminiscent of [the real and truly valuable ones]."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Probably one of the best BMW's ever made!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't this car on AB before? I could've sworn it was.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess all-steer means all-star?

      It's too bad this is just a replica, but it's still pretty sexy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I took "all-steer" to be a reference to the nuetered aspect of cars that have been detuned from full-race.

        Was Sam being clever?
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