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2011 BMW 1M

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.


Year: 2011
Model: 1M
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 32,250 mi
Price: $49,900 Buy It Now

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

3.0L INLINE-6, 335 Horsepower

Valencia Orange Exterior

Black Boston Leather Interior

6-Speed Manual Transmission


Front Heated Seats ($500.00)

Comfort Access System

Convenience Package ($2,700.00)

Premium Package ($2,400.00)

Rear Parking Sensors

19″ BMW Alloy Wheels

Harman Kardon Surround Sound ($875.00)

AM/FM/CD-Player/Satellite Radio

AUX/USB Inputs

Xenon Headlights


Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel

Original MSRP $54,635.00

There was a time not long ago when every 1M we came across was being offered at a price close to, or even exceeding, its price when new. With relatively low production numbers combining with serious demand from enthusiasts these have been a tough car to get your hands on. In that sense, the asking price here shows that we may be seeing a relaxing of the market as this one is at least priced below the original MSRP. It still isn’t a serious bargain, but with many examples still priced north of $50K this might be one of the lowest priced examples we’ve come across.



  1. TM
    TM August 13, 2015

    Trunk badging looks odd- I don’t think that’s correct. The wheel logo is missing as well. It’s amazing how dealers charge that kind of money and don’t sweat the details.

  2. syed
    syed August 13, 2015

    If a 1M is selling ‘cheap’ it is selling cheap for a reason! Most of the 1Ms on sale for less than $50k have crash histories. This one is no different—it has a crash history:

    The 1M is an amazing car…..i own one and i can’t even begin to tell you just HOW good it is. I think if someone has the means to buy one they absolutely SHOULD! It’s better to spend a little extra $$$ to buy a clean 1M than buying one with a crash history, IMO. Around $55k should get you a good one, if you look often.

  3. James
    James August 13, 2015

    It’s a true unicorn with that V6 it’s got

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