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BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

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The first car produced by the sports division of BMW Motorsport was the mid-engine supercar M1, which was produced between 1978 and 1982. In total, only 399 road versions of such cars were collected, which in our time are extremely expensive and are mainly in the hands of collectors. Nevertheless, there is a place for amazing finds, recently one of these cars was found in the garage, where it has been collecting dust for 34 years.
Classic garage find: a lot of trash and a thick layer of dust
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Most recently, the German dealer and specialist in rare BMW - Mint Classics company reported to the general public about the discovery of a luxurious BMW M1 from 1981 with a mileage of only 7329 kilometers.
Odometer readings are clearly visible.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The design of the model in many ways echoed the Italian supercars of the time.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The car was found in Italy, where it has stood without moving in the old garage for the past 34 years.In fact, only one season traveled on it, after which, due to unknown circumstances, they were put on for long-term storage. The last time the car was turned on in 1982, and its elegant light-alloy wheels are still "shod" />
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The spectacular supercar was littered with various junk and household utensils, and also covered with an impressive layer of dust, under which the red body was hidden in excellent condition.
For a moment: this car now costs about $ 1 million!
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

This BMW M1 is in a completely original factory condition and needs only a little refreshment of equipment, with the replacement of various parts and consumables that could become useless for such a long "hibernation."
Superbly preserved interior of the car: cleaning and dry cleaning will return to it the original gloss and beauty
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The BMW M1 was originally conceived by the Bavarians as a competitor to Porsche sports cars, and not on the highways and autobahns, but in the racing body championships of Group 5. The model, which received the E26 index, became the first brainchild of the BMW Motorsport division, created from scratch.
Laconic design of door cards
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The car received a mid-engine layout.Initially, engineers Martin Braunghart and Paul Rocher pondered the development of a V8 or V12, but ultimately they created a 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine based on the M49 unit installed in the BMW 3.0 CSi coupe. Installation received the name of the M88 and gave power to 277 liters. with. With him, the car had a maximum speed of 265 km / h, and it took 5.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h.
The M88 boasts a separate throttle body for each cylinder, electronic ignition and a dry sump lubrication system.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

As the gearbox was chosen 5-speed "mechanics" />
The suspension used transverse A-arms, successfully used in racing cars
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

A version of this engine was later used in the South African version of the BMW 745i (209 copies were built between 1984 and 1986), as well as the E24 BMW M6 / M635CSi and the BMW M5 E28.
Leather trim 3-spoke steering wheel perfectly preserved and looks like new
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro from the Italian company ItalDesign was responsible for the body design, and Lamborghini specialists, who at that time had a wealth of experience in creating civilian mid-engined supercars, participated in the development of the technical stuffing.
Pedal unit very tight
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Actually, the assembly of the M1 also planned to build on the production facilities of Lamborghini in Italy. Several prototypes were assembled and tested at Sant'Agata Bolognese. However, by the end of the 70s, the Italian company was experiencing serious financial problems and was on the verge of bankruptcy, which resulted in constant delays and disruptions in the planned cooperation plans.
Service sticker with information about changing the oil in 1982 year
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

In the end, the Germans broke the contract with Lamborghini and hastily transferred the prototypes and all documentation to Germany, starting to look for new contractors for the mass production of the supercar. Finally, Marchesi took on the production of the frame, while the production of a plastic body, reinforced with fiberglass, was assigned to T.I.R.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Both companies were located in the Italian Modena. The craftsmen of ItalDesign then assembled these parts and installed the interior fittings. The final assembly was made by Baur in Stuttgart, specializing in the manufacture of cabriolets. Such intricate logistics became a serious problem for BMW, so an engineering group called Italengineering was assigned specifically for the M1 project.
After years of inactivity in the Italian garage, the M1 was taken to Germany, where it would be put in order and put on course.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Most likely, this car will soon be put up at some auction at an exorbitant price.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The body of plastic allowed to reduce the weight of the car to 1300 kg, with a length of 4361 mm and a height of 1140 mm. M1 had a low center of gravity and excellent axle weighting (44: 56). In this compartment was equipped with air conditioning and headlights, rising up, in the fashion of the time.
The design of the BMW M1 in a schematic illustration
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

According to the plans of the German company, M1 was supposed to debut in Group 5, but the leadership of the International Automobile Sports Federation changed the requirements, while the development of the car was already under way. To comply with the rules and requirements of Group 5, BMW needed to release at least 400 road versions of the M1 within 24 months prior to receiving approval. Instead of postponing the implementation of the racing program until the release of the minimum number of models, the Germans found another elegant solution.
One of the series BMW M1 Procar races
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Spectacular jump with a separation of all 4 wheels
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

Jochen Neerpasz, who led BMW Motorsport, proposed to create a single racing series with the participation of modified models M1. This championship, born out of necessity, was named the BMW M1 Procar.
BMW M1 1981 release, stood in the garage for 34 years

The races started in 1979 and took place on the eve of the Formula 1 stages, and there were quite a few active drivers of the Queen of Motorsport as participants. All riders sat behind the wheel of cars created by the same standards. The racing series lasted two years: Niki Lauda won in the 1979 season, and in 1980 Nelson Piquet won the trophy.

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