At the end of the day, your friendly Autoblog editors are car guys, just like you. So, while we might have more of an opportunity to test some of the most interesting vehicles on the new car scene than does your average gear head, we can still be found whiling away those long afternoon hours looking at used cars and thinking about what could be.

Just the other day, we had a vivid reminder about one of our dream cars from the very recent past, the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe. If you didn't catch it, Michael Harley had a great time testing and reviewing the new Dinan S3-R version of the car, which throws an impressively engineered turbo and suspension tune on a BMW that was damn near perfect out of the box.

In the Comments section of that review, a few savvy Autoblog readers pointed out that our estimated price for a used donor car, set at $50,000, was low. Odd, we thought, as the car retailed for less than $50k ($46,135) when it was new in 2011. So we started checking around.

With only 740 units sold in the US to begin with, finding data on 1MC sales is a bit dicey, but here's what we know. We tracked down about 20 cars currently on sale, by way of major used auto sales websites, and found an average asking price of a whopping $61,670 with an average mileage of about 11,600 on the clock. That's more than $15,500 over the MSRP when new, or an appreciation of around $5k per year.

The best deal we could locate was a 14k-miler for $55,500; the most expensive being $65,991 with just 8,800 miles. Those numbers are just about right on based on the industry standard Black Book, too, which calls the retail value in California, for instance, at an even $60,000 for an "Extra Clean" car. Talk about an investment we can get behind...


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      KaBoomBOX
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, duh. It's extremely unlikely any of these ever rolled off the lot new at or below MSRP. High desirability and low availability will do that.
        Kevin Pazirandeh
        • 8 Months Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        Exactly, when I went to test drive one they of course said 'NO' and had added $20k to the price citing "Market Value".
      express2day
      • 8 Months Ago
      Typical options on these cars often pushed the MSRP into the $50s so $46,135 (plus destination charge) wasn't really happening much especially with dealer markups, aftermarket add-ons, etc.
      Matt
      • 8 Months Ago
      If anything, this is just a testament to the fact that BMW enthusiasts definitely don't consider the new M235i to be a proper M car. If a "real-deal" M2 hits showrooms in volume, resale values on the 1M will tank.
        wooootles
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Matt
        Not if the "real-deal" M2 sells for a longer period and/or greater volume.
      AcidTonic
      • 8 Months Ago
      I bought my last Evo 9 used for 22,500 then after a year of driving it and 30,000 miles later I heard an announcement that the Evo was dying back in 2012. Went online and immediately saw my blue book value jump to $25,000 when it was $18,000 a few weeks earlier. Put the car up online and sold it in less than a week for $24,000 out the door. The car was $32K in 2006. I sold it for $24,000 with 60,000 miles in 2012. The trick is having a car people want. Then of course I was a fool and payed $40K for a new Evo 10 shortly afterwards which already depreciated 10K that I'll surely never get back this time around.....
      what
      • 8 Months Ago
      BMW fanbois like overpaying.
      Myself
      • 8 Months Ago
      It was overpriced when new anyway, but apparently, there are too many idiots out there.
        fran
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Myself
        The only idiot here is you for judging a car without driving it.
        BG
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Myself
        I am sure you will be happier in one of the X6s or maybe one of the Gran Tourismos. After all, the latter are low-volume, too.
      Kyle
      • 8 Months Ago
      The 1M is only selling for that much because the M4 wasn't available yet. The 1 series is a feminine looking car. Adding leftover M parts made it cooler but the M4 is the real deal and once the aftermarket gets ahold of it watch out. It will go down as one of the greatest tuner cars of all time. I love the V8 in my M3 but there's something to be said about a turbocharged car that can gain crazy hp with just bolt ons and a tune
        1STH
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Kyle
        the new M4 is diluted high-HP ****......the 1M is a pure drivers car...the M4 is for dentists who pat themselves on the shoulder for cashing in a check. Totally different cars...
        Frisky_Dingo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Kyle
        While I disagree with your assessment of the 1M's value, I agree wholeheartedly on the powerplant issue. It's why I love my N54 335i so much. So much, that I'm having trouble deciding between an E90 M3, or a the new one as replacement. That boosted I6 has spoiled me.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Frisky_Dingo
          I just fear I'd tire of the torque deficit, and the ease of tuning. I know the M3 is still better from a dynamics standpoint, but my Sport Pkg car is still quite good, and short of putting an outrageously expensive supercharger on one, it's not going to hang with a full bolt-on and tuned N54. On the other hand, I'm worried now my might be my last chance to get the last great NA 'M' car before they all start getting worn out or really expensive.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 8 Months Ago
      The performance is there but unfortunately this generation of 1 series is downright hideous. The proportions are so wrong you'd think Stevie Wonder was a styling consultant. Too stubby and far too tall. The new 2 series coupe which is effectively the replacement for the 1 series coupe is far better styled car in just about every way. All it's missing is an M version but you know that's coming too although using a 235 as a base for aftermarket mods is the smarter choice either way.
        1STH
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dmitriy Markelov
        the E82 is one of the best BMW designs of the last 20 years. IN a time where they lack originality, creativity, and ideas----the 1-series Coupe has enough old school to correlate to the 2002 from back in the day and also add surfacing and modern touches. Plenty of people love the 1-series Coupe....and hence why so many people love the 1M. the new 2-series is just a bloated version of the 1-series....and the new 2-series looks like the 4-series....which is frankly just another generic blah-mobile from BMW.
      Tesla Fan
      • 8 Months Ago
      thats a waste of money
        That Guy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Tesla Fan
        As opposed to paying 85k for a POS electric car that can't travel from Minneapolis to Madison....
      Rob
      • 8 Months Ago
      Anyone who pays MSRP or new above is foolish to begin with. If the market commands these prices as pre owned vehicles and people are willing to pay it then as long as your not buying it as an investment and you happen to like this car... go for it
      Eggmania
      • 8 Months Ago
      at 6'1" i could never step out of one of these little frump mobiles and still feel like a man
        express2day
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        This car was actually larger than the "original" U.S. 1988 BMW M3.
          1STH
          • 8 Months Ago
          @express2day
          express2day: perhaps i was thinking of the E30 sedan. thanks for the clarification.
        HollywoodF1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        I'm your height, and I like the rally car feel of small cars. It would make me sad if I had a neurosis about how other people may or may not see me that dictated what I'm allowed to like. Man up.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        You sound like the type of guy who needs to drive a Ford 650 on a sky jacker lift with 35s.
        Zoom
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        I'm 6'3 and can't put the seat all the way back because it's too far (and I have long arms). Granted, no one can sit behind me; and that's quite alright. Please know what you're talking about before you comment.
        1STH
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eggmania
        it must suck to be as insecure as you are.
      fran
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm sure in about 3 years this car's value is going to cross $100k mark.
        Kip
        • 8 Months Ago
        @fran
        Not going to happen. Yes, it was a low volume, M car, but nothing so unique that it will more than double in value in six years. I can't think of a single vehicle that has done that: Ferrari, Lambo, Bentley, Rolls, Bugatti, Ford, Lotus, etc. None of them and they have a much more storied history than BMW.
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