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The M1 was the result of an unlikely partnership between BMW and LamborghiniChassis by Dallara, body by Giugiaro and engineby Paul Rosche -Motorsport Royalty453 were produced, 53 for motorsport and 400 (all LHD)hand-finished by Baur as road carsThis example was supplied new in February 1980 to Mr Franz Reuther of Berlin, who is better known as Frank Farianthe German record producer and the voiceofpop band Boney MDuring his ten year ownership, he had thecar modified by BMW Motorsport to incorporate the wider more aggressive look of the race-bred M1 ProcarTwo further owners until it was purchased by our German vendor some years agoIt retains its dramatic Procar looks and is still fitted withthe 17" split-rim period wheelsThe originalBecker Mexico music system/with Clarion graphic equaliser would have been no stranger to the many hits of Boney Mand Milli VanilliRecent success at Salon PriveConcours including the Owners Choice Award"-best in showNOVA confirmation in the comprehensive history file along with itsFahrzeugbriefIn 1977, BMW found an unlikely partner in Lamborghini and started to design a mid-engined supercar featuring their strong 3.5-litre, 24valve straight-six engine which would be primarily used as a race car in 'Group 5' Sportscar racing.In order to 'homologate'the car, 400 road cars had to be built, and an initial tubular chassis design was drawn by Gianpaolo Dallara of Lamborghini Design and 7 prototypes were built. However,in April 1978, Lamborghinis financial situation was less than secure, so BMW took the production of the road car back in-house and the car was hand-built by their Motorsport Division', a separate factory located next to the volume car factory in Munich.The fibreglass body retained the originalGiorgetto Giugiaro designand the engine was breathed on by BMWs first head of Motorsport, Paul Rosche, who developed 6 separate throttle bodies for the 24valve base 3.5 engine and combined those with Kugelfischer Bosch mechanical fuel injection and a Magneti-Marelli developed ignition system. Thisengine is today regarded as a design classic and has featured in many BMW sportscars that were to appear during the 1980s including the BMW M635 CSi. Producingno less than 277bhpand 243lbs feet of torque, it propelled the car througha 5-speed ZF transmission and a limited-slip differential to a top speed of 162mph.Of the 453 cars produced, all of which were hand-finished by Baur, just 53 were made for motorsport and the remaining 400 cars ~ all left-hand drive ~ have become icons of the BMW brand and are now highly collectable and sought after.This particular BMW M1 road car was supplied new in February 1980 to Mr Franz Reuther of Berlin, who is better known as Frank Farian the German record producer and founder member, andthe voice of, 1980s pop band Boney M.It was to remain in his ownership for the next decade and during this time he decided that the look of the M1 race car, known as the 'BMW Procar M1', was an improvement on the more conservative narrower original bodywork of the standard road car. So at considerable expense, he had his road car modified by BMW Motorsport to incorporate the wider more aggressive look of the M1 Procar and the car retains this unique lookto the current day.The history file tells us that the next owners were Mr Edwin Schwedka of Friedrichsdorf until November 2008 and then Frank Jenner of Belgium who ownedthe car until it was purchased by our German vendor some years ago. It retains the wider 17" split-rim period wheels and is still fitted with theBecker Mexico music system complete with Clarion graphic equaliser that undoubtedly played a number of Boney M hitsIn September 2020 it was exhibited at Salon Privand presented in their Concours event. Significantly the car won twoawards, one for 2nd place in the 1970s category, but more significantly it won the Owners Choice Award" for best in show. Quite some accolade!Suppliedwith a comprehensive history file, including the Fahrzeugbrief and itsNOVA confirming taxes are paid ready for registering in the UK. Itboth looks and drives superbly and we strongly recommend coming to view it between Friday 30th October and Thursday, November 12th at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.Please call to make a 1-hour appointment at a convenient time for you to view this truly amazing and unique period supercar.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, between Thursday 29th October 12th November. Please contact Nick on 07831 440 158 or [email protected] secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health & safety of both our customers and team remainthe utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.1980 BMW M1 (E26)https://youtu.be/bkynqWnslm8false

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