I’ve written up some cool M1s, but this one may take the cake even from the Procar-widebodies if for no other reason than this is the M1 you see in the history books. Orange on black with that badass cloth/leather interior is what the E26 is all about. Add to that the fact that it’s from the badass Canepa Collection and has just 3,300 miles, and this is a frickin’ museum piece. Or it could be… I’m a much bigger fan of cars that are used. I’d construct one of those viewing rooms which the internet has seen made for E30 M3s and Ferraris; I’d soak in the glorious orange like it was a Seasonal Affective Disorder light and bust this thing out a few times a year for some fun.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 BMW M1 at Canepa
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 3,300 mi
1981 BMW M1
Engine #: M88-411
Full cosmetic restoration by Canepa
3300 original miles (5311 km)
304th car built
Finish on 11.3.1980 by Baur
Original delivery to BMW Italia S.p.A., Palazzolo
Comes with original German sales brochure and Italian owners manual
With the low mileage, respectable seller, and desirable color, this most legit of M-cars will probably go for well over $300k. Guess I won’t be taking it out on the weekends after all… but I will drool all over the pictures.