BMW launched the M1 program in the ’70s to take on Porsche‘s dominance in the FIA’s Group 5 class. The M1 was the first mid-engined concept car designed in-house by BMW, who contracted Lamborghini and then Giogetto Giugiaro’s ItalDesign for production, thus making the model an interesting fusion of German and Italian construction.
The BMW M1 is a rare collectible and important landmark in BMW’s history — only 453 BMW M1s were ever built, and among them, only 98 finished in orange. The above model is in excellent original condition, featuring glassfiber bodywork wrapped around a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, and motive power assisted by four-valves-per-cylinder, race-developed 3.5-liter six and a give-speed ZF transaxle. The interior is a slick black and grey palette featuring Recaro seats, air conditioning, electric windows, remotely operated door mirrors and a heated rear screen.
Check out the orange 1980 BMW M1 above and head over to Bonhams auction house’s website for more details. If you’re looking for more collectible whips, an extremely rare 1968 Porsche 908 Works Short-Tail Coupe is up for auction.