Distinctive BMW M1 re-discovered after 25 years

After sitting in an East London storage for almost 25 years, this 1979 BMW M1 has turn out to be the most recent high-profile barn discover. 

The automotive, which was obtainable on the Coys Techno Classica occasion in Essen, Germany, this previous weekend, is a singular mannequin as it has been modified for a high-speed file run. In line with the consignment info, the automotive was delivered in manufacturing unit specification to its first proprietor in 1980. Underneath the hood was the usual inline-6 mounted within the center with 273 horsepower. The M1’s prime pace was better than 160 mph. In 1981, racing driver Harald Ertl bought the automotive and labored with oil firm BP to present the automotive a radical transformation.

1979 BMW M1 modified for high-speed record run

1979 BMW M1 modified for high-speed file run

BP was excited about selling its new Autogas product and determined to make use of the M1 as a promotional instrument. Ertl and the corporate fitted the automotive with twin turbochargers to push output to simply over 400 hp. BP hoped to interrupt the 186-mph barrier, and on October 17, 1981, Ertl piloted the automotive to the brand new file of 187.three mph.

Apart from the modified powertrain, the M1 additionally sports activities a extra aggressive physique equipment. The images clearly present the automotive was forgotten about for years. The physique exhibits typical indicators of neglect. Dust and dirt cake the automotive, and it seems among the paint has peeled away on the entrance bumper.

1979 BMW M1 modified for high-speed record run

1979 BMW M1 modified for high-speed file run

After it was bought in 1993, the automotive disappeared for many years solely to be rediscovered lately. Coys’ Essen occasion was held this previous weekend, however there isn’t any phrase if the automotive bought or if a reserve wasn’t met. Coys’ web site nonetheless lists the automotive, so it might haven’t obtained a bid for its estimated sale value of $327,000. Understanding commonplace M1 supercars promote for lots of of 1000’s of dollars, we think about the vendor needed a top-tier hammer value.

Motor Authority has contacted Coys to search out out if this distinctive storage discover has discovered a brand new residence. We’ll replace this story if it has.

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