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Gooding & Company / James Lipman
Gooding & Company / James Lipman

This unrestored 1981 BMW M1 is going up for auction. Having remained in the hands of the same owner for nearly 30 years, the vehicle was recently serviced and brought back to running condition by BMW specialists, The Werk Shop.

The M1 here boasts an inline 6-cylinder engine and a 5-speed ZF Manual Transaxle, cranking out 277 bhp at 6,500 rpm. It is one of only 399 road-going models produced.

Originally built for BMW to compete in FIA Group 4 sports car racing, the M1 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his team at Italdesign, featuring a mid-engine, tube-frame chassis developed by Lamborghini. The ride pulled inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo concept, with its fiberglass aerodynamic wedge shape being more Italian than Teutonic, all while showcasing BMW’s iconic “twin-kidney” grilles.

This particular 1981 M1 is expected to fetch between $375,000 and $450,000 at action. For more on the vehicle, follow here.

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