[The original brochure for the BMW M1 showed it in three forms: as a ProCar race car, as a stock road car, and a stripped-of-its-body shell. Photo: BMW]
To be honest, I haven’t seen much of the 24h Classic race itself as I was wandering around in the forest to make it to the Karussel corner—which is far, far away from civilization. Yet here are a zillion pictures anyway.
BMW didn't make many M1s back in the day. Just 453 were produced, and 20 of those became race cars. That's why the survivors tend to command extremely high prices at private sales and auctions. But would you pay $125,000 for a completely wrecked one?
Here's something sexy to put on your computing machine, straight from the BMW archives.
Come on. You know you've been wondering this since the BMW i8 came out. What's it like compared to the old BMW M1?
Back in 2008, BMW came out with its M1 Hommage concept, which looked a bit liked a futuristic M1 and was very awesome indeed. Then BMW said they wouldn't make it, and everyone sighed. But no one seems to realize that the i8 is the M1 Hommage, just in production form.
Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini made their fair share of cool mid-engined supercars in the '70s, but not were quite so interesting as this, the BMW M1.
What if I told you there was a rally where a BMW M1 raced for top honors against a Lancia 037, a Renault 5 Turbo, and a Ferrari 308? Welcome to the Tour Auto 1982.
What's better than watching historic race cars dice at Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion? Driving one of said cars. That's what R&T editor-in-chief Larry Webster did a couple weekends ago when he strapped himself into the 1979 BMW M1 Procar owned by BMW North America.
This is "Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei," a schlocky, popular German TV serial about a two-man highway patrol. Somehow, the show got its hands on what appear to be a BMW M1 Procar and a 1970 Porsche 917.
I chapped a few asses last year when I said the BMW M1 ranked among the most overrated cars of all time. If you weren't happy about that, I'm about to make it up to you with this video.
What’s better from the late ’70s than a Concorde and a race-spec BMW M1? Why, a Concorde, a race-spec BMW M1, and Debbie Harry. In no particular order.
Hans Wagner's BMW M1 waits for a nose job in the Nürburgring garage before the 2009 AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. And it sounds as good as it looks. Video below.
BMW’s art cars are pretentious exercises in corporate art. Or maybe not. An afternoon with the most famous of them all — Andy Warhol's BMW M1 — reveals a breakneck beauty.
You know you're in the Malaise Era when the best quarter-mile times for the wildest street cars money can buy are barely into the 14s. But still, who doesn't want an '81 Aston Martin Volante or BMW M1?
We've seen this exact BMW "M1" and its disguised carbon roof and huge fenders before, but we haven't seen it in motion on video. Bridge to Gantry spied it testing on the Nurburgring. Insert scalded pregnant cat metaphor here.