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 335 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 – if you can afford it…
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 BMW 1M Coupe on eBay
Model: 1M Coupe
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 49,000 mi
Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
Price: $49,995 Buy It Now
BMW 1-Series M.
Extremely rare, one of only 740 1 M’s sent to U.S.
Valencia Orange Metallic
3.0 All-Aluminum 335hp inline 6 Engine
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Adaptive brake lights
Heated side-view mirrors and windshield washer jets
Flared front and rear fenders
Rear lip spoiler
M quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips
Black Boston leather upholstery w/contrasting orange stitching
M-design instrument cluster
3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M steering wheel
No warranty written or implied. Vehicle sold as is.
In spite of the lackluster photos, this looks like the one to have – the moderate mileage should keep it more affordable, yet it’s only had two owners, no apparent crashes, and it’s the signature color. The problem is that the legendary and limited-production 1M automatically means that the asking price is above what it ‘should’ be. Admittedly, I think given the presentation this one is a bit high – a similar 1M that was better presented and with only a few more miles sold on Bring a Trailer for $46,500 recently. Still it’s not an outrageous delta. But what’s more strange is that you can get into the even quicker, equally spunky, and much newer M2 or M4 for less money. Think I’m joking? I’m not. Here’s a 2018 M2 6-speed with 30k miles for $10,000 less. Okay, the M2 isn’t the 1M. But it’s similar enough that I don’t think you’re missing too much in the experience. You do gain quite a bit, though….