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This BMW M1 has been around the world and back

Over the course of this BMW M1’s life, it’s resided in eight different countries, across four continents. More remarkable still is that, despite its extensive travels, it’s remained in the same ownership from new…


This globetrotting BMW M1’s provenance surely makes it one of, if not the most interesting example of BMW’s only supercar available for sale right now. Delivered new to a businessman in South Africa, the car subsequently travelled to Switzerland. During its time in spent in Europe it returned to Munich, its spiritual home, with spells in France and Italy, too. From Europe it jetted off to Australia, where its owner took part in a number of events with it, such as the Sydney Classic Car Show. The car then did a stint in New Zealand, where it was enjoyed in the summers on the family farm, before landing in the USA in 2012, where it has resided since.

Furthermore, the car’s in terrific – and totally original – condition, having never been tampered for the sake of homologation for a particular country. It’s covered just 13,500km under its own power (a fraction of the distance it's travelled by air and sea), and boasts matching numbers, its original owner’s manual, tool roll and luggage set. It’s set to go under the hammer at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale on 1-3 April 2016, estimated at 500,000-600,000 US dollars. Wherever this storied M1 ends up next, we hope its new owner will care for it as much as its previous custodian clearly has. 

Photos: Auctions America 

You can find a small selection of BMW M1s listed for sale in the Classic Driver Market.