1981 BMW M1 Left To Rot Now Restored And Ready To Sell

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A 1981 BMW M1 supercar left to rot in 1982 is has been restored and ready to sale. It ran when it was parked 36 years ago, and now a rare BMW M1 supercar is ready to hit the road again.

1981 M1

The beautiful red coupe was bought in 1981 and driven only 4,500 miles before it was left in a garage in southern Italy. It sat collecting dust and clutter for many years until it was discovered by a classic car dealer two years ago.

1981 BMW M1 Interior

It’s unknown as to why it was abandoned, but the BMW remained in its original, albeit slowly deteriorating condition for all of those years. Strangely, it was never registered to drive on the road, making it one of the most highly-prized “barn finds” in recent memory.

1981 BMW M1 Exterior

The M1 was BMW’s first mid-engine model and one of the highest performing supercars of its era. Designed by Giorgetto Giugario, it was developed with help from Lamborghini, but put into production by a group of suppliers specializing in motorsports and low-volume manufacturing that were overseen by BMW.

The rear-wheel-drive M1’s 273 horsepower 3.5-liter straight-six is capable of propelling it to a top speed of 162 mph. Only 453 were built from 1978 to 1981, with prices starting at around $85,000. That was big bucks for a car back in 1981!

1981 BMW M1 Restoration Process

The German dealer that bought it, Mint Classics, had the car sent to BMW’s in-house restoration service for a full overhaul. The work was aimed at preserving its components, and the only new parts of any significance are the fuel tank and oil pan.

The price paid for the car and the restoration have not been revealed, but it is now being listed at $1.2 million, which is roughly twice what the Hagerty Price Guide says similar cars are worth. Not that there are many quite like this one. All I can say is I wish I owned this amazing barn find!


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