3 BMW M1 (1979-80)

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WHY IT’S HERE To com­pete in Group 4/5 rac­ing. Then the FIA changed the rules be­fore it was ready

Prac­ti­cal and us­able aren’t words of­ten spo­ken around su­per­cars, but that’s what BMW had cre­ated when the M1 was launched in 1979 with its crisp, fresh styling by Gior­getto Gi­u­giaro. Not that it orig­i­nally meant to. The idea was to beat the dom­i­nat­ing 911s in Group 4, Group 5 and ul­ti­mately Le Mans. Then the FIA changed the rac­ing classes, leav­ing the M1 all dressed up with no party to go to.

So BMW sent out its own in­vites and ran a Pro­car se­ries for the M1 in a sup­port­ing role at F1 Grands Prix. It ran for two years and was won in 1979 by Niki Lauda and 1980 by Nelson Pi­quet. Any­one im­pressed by that could treat them­selves to one of the 390 road­go­ing ver­sions that were built. The re­al­ity was that BMW strug­gled to shift them at any­thing like list price as they were more ex­pen­sive than a Fer­rari Ber­linetta Boxer. And prac­ti­cal and us­able rarely comes into that kind of buy­ing de­ci­sion.

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