Much like the E28 M5, the E82 was a legend before it even hit the market. Press releases and journalists gushed over its superlatives; while most felt it was a return to the classic BMW form, some went so far as to suggest it was the best M product ever. Debate still rages over that and generally fans of each chassis manage to come up with plenty of justification as to why theirs is the most special M produced. However, one thing is undeniable; the 1M might be the only M car to ever immediately appreciate on the market. Perhaps it was the combination of those aforementioned press articles or the limited nature of the model; a scant 983 were produced for the U.S. market over a 10 month production cycle in 2011. As with the E28, color choices were quite limited (though, thankfully more than just black!) – 326 Alpine White III (300), 222 Black Sapphire Metallic (475), and 435 Valencia Orange Metallic (B44) – the model’s signature color. All were mated with the same interior: LWNZ Black Boston leather with contrasting orange stitching. They all featured the same drivetrain specification, too – the boosted twin-turbocharged N54 turned up to 340 horsepower and mated only to a 6-speed manual with a limited slip differential. Wheels were the Competition Package BBS-made Style 359M 19″ options from the E9x. The result was magical:
Like many I was filled with excitement and anticipation when it was announced that BMW would release a M-package 1-series. We were all pretty sure it wouldn’t be called the M1, since that name was taken, but regardless of what it was called there was plenty to be excited about. The 3-series was getting too big and seemed a significant departure from the iconic E30 M3, which was for me, though I didn’t really know it at the time, THE CAR to capture my attention and it elicited “ooohhs” and “aaahhhs” whenever we passed the local BMW dealer. I only saw it from afar so I can’t say exactly what color it was, though I know it was bright – something along the lines of Zinnoberrot I’d guess. Of course the 1M isn’t quite to the E30’s stature, at least not yet, but it was smaller and better proportioned than its siblings and that definitely was a step in the right direction. But whereas the E30 possesses a litheness to its design, the 1M is all muscle and with 335 hp it packs plenty of punch to backup that sculpted appearance. There is an Alpine White 1M that runs around where I live and for a white car it’s pretty darn sexy, but ultimately I come back to that first M3 and look for something a little brighter like this Valencia Orange 2011 BMW 1M Coupe, located in Illinois, with 32,250 miles on it.
BMW followed the age old recipe for the 1M and enthusiasts responded. Put a big engine in a small car, flare the arches a bit and slip on some wide rubber but keep the price in the range of mere mortals. What’s not to like about the 1M then? Well, they didn’t make many – 740 were imported, making it more rare than the previously rare E28 and E24 M models. That created an artificial demand right out of the box, and unfortunately these cars hit the market at the same point that the European collector car market really started taking off. That means that these cars have suffered effectively zero depreciation since new – rare for any car, but especially for the small sport sedan market. In fact, not only have they not depreciated, you could have bought one of these cars new in 2011, drove it moderately for the past 3 years, and you could have sold it for a profit today. The 1M, in all of its 335 horsepower twin-turbocharged goodness, hit the market at around $47,000 in 2011 – add a few options in and you were around $50,000 for most. Available in only three colors, these limited production cars have a cornered market and are piggybacking on the value increase of the 1980s M-cars – the spiritual predecessors of this car. Today, there are no less than 7 1Ms on Ebay, mostly in the $57,000 range. It seems almost like price fixing – we often see a wide spread of values even on very similar cars, but these 1Ms are all around the same price regardless of color, miles or number of owners. Which is the one you’d want?
Few cars in recent BMW history have generated as much buzz and excitement as the 1M did upon it’s launch. Journalists gushed over the great performance, the return to a smaller and less complicated package, and how this car was spiritual successor to the E30 M3. That was heady praise, and by all accounts, this car deserved it. Dropping the big brother 3.0 twin-turbocharged inline-6 into the smallest chassis available meant this was sure to be a performance machine, and while the price was high for a 1 series, overall pricing on the model wasn’t terrible. While many fans (including myself) started counting their pennies, it was all for naught; BMW only imported a limited run which quickly sold out. This created a premium for these performance specials, pushing second hand/dealer holdout pricing quickly towards and even above M3 levels. Many of the total 6000 plus that were produced have been squirreled away, awaiting their certain appreciation by speculators; and with only 740 reported to be imported to the U.S., this is certainly guaranteed to be the case. When they do come up for sale, it’s a bit of an event, so it’s neat to see a clean Alpine White 1M for sale today on Ebay:
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,455 mi
Price: $58,900 Buy It Now
378 Horsepower 414 lb-ft of torque with Dinan Stage 2 Kit!
Locally owned car with clean Carfax.
The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe seats four passengers and is available in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, high-performance tires, automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors and windshield washer jets, cruise control, automatic wipers, automatic dual-zone climate control, 10-way manual sport seats with power-adjustable bolsters, a tilt-and-telescoping M sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, Alcantara faux-suede interior trim and a premium sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and HD radio.
The 1M was a funny choice for modern BMW AG. Seemingly hell-bent on expanding the M line and selling as many M-cars as possible, they created a limited-production, enthusiast-targeted modern interpretation of the E30 M3. Less than a thousand came to North America in total, and I’ve seen as many F10 M5s in the few months they’ve been around as I’ve seen 1Ms in the past couple of years. Today’s comes in Valencia Orange which, while perhaps not as sleek as the white or black options, is definitely the trademark color for these cars. The main talking point on this car is the salvage title – while the damage appears to have been fully remedied, that title issue will be a black mark for the rest of its life.
Engine: N54 twin-turbo 3.0l inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
2011 BMW 1M
This is the Real Deal! 6 Speed Manual Shift!
Stunning Orange Exterior!
Alcantara Trim Interior!
11k Pristine Miles!
19″ Alloys with 9/32 or Better Tread Depth!
Spotless Inside and Out!
Rear Lip Spoiler
A/C Climate Control
As amazing as this car is it has NYS salvage Certificate # 907A. Come and take a VERY close look from every angle and you will NOT find a thing out of factory order and flawless condition. Simply Google the VIN and you will see several photos of previous body damage.
Just 746 miles short of a fully pristine life, huh? Getting in a clean one of these right now for $51k is decent, but think about E30 M3s for sale with salvage titles: much harder to sell and significantly less expensive than those with clear titles.…
While the BMW 1M may not quite be the E30 M3 people were hoping for, it is certainly one of the more exciting offerings from BMW’s M-division in some time. It does rock the fattest fenders since the E30 which, combined with the modern BMW style of complex curves and cuts, gives a decidedly over-muscled bulldog stance. Known for a pants-crappingly short wheelbase and a stronger (if parts-bin sourced) N54 twin-turbo, this 1M also benefits from a Dinan software package resulting in almost 40 additional horses. 380hp in an essentially cubic sports car sounds hilarious and scary.
Model: 1M Coupe
Engine: S54 twin-turbo inline six, Dinan Software (~380hp)
Transmission: 6-speed manual (hallelujah!)
2011 BMW 1 Series M 1M Coupe Dinan Stage 3
* Stunning 1 Series M Coupe Alpine White on Black Boston Seats with Maintenance Plan from BMW until 05/08 17 or 100K miles!
* 1 Owner Local Trade In!
* Dinan Stage 3 Engine Software! (Does NOT void warranty! Link below)
* Safety Car Front Spoiler!
* Convenience Package!
* Premium Package!
* Black 19″ Wheels!
* Harman/Kardon surround sound!
* Heated front seats!
* Satellite radio!
* BMW Apps!
* Smartphone Integration!
* Automatic climate control!
* Xenon Headlamps!
* Convenience Package:
– Navigation system
– Comfort Access keyless entry
– Park distance control (rear)
* Premium Package:
– Power seats
– Autodimming mirrors
– Power folding mirrors
– Universal garage door opener!
Dinan Stage 3 Software Details: http://dinancars.com/shop/D900-30TM-Stage-2-Performance-Engine-Software-Boost-Upgrade-1-Series-M.aspx#page=1
I’ve seen this before, but it never makes sense why the ad says Dinan Stage 3 when it clearly links to Stage 2 and there is no Stage 3 to be found on Dinan’s website. Regardless, Stage 2 is plenty of extra beast in an already intimidating car.…