World’s most expensive BMW M1 up for sale

Ex-Bernie Ecclestone car priced at £603,000

An incredibly rare and immaculate example of the BMW M1 is up for sale in Germany for £603,000 – close to double the value of most M1s on the market. The iconic supercar is one of just three painted in Polaris Silver and was originally commissioned by Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

Advertised by Mint Classics of Münster, the car has covered just 17,500km (10,874 miles) since it was delivered in March 1981 in France. It features matching VIN, engine and gearbox numbers and comes in full, original specification inside and out.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

BMW created the M1 as a homologation special to enable the company to go sports car racing in the late 1970s. The car’s sleek body and mid-engined layout confirm its competition intentions, but thanks to the FIA’s decision to change regulations in key sports car championships, the M1’s on-track presence was largely limited to BMW’s own ProCar series.

Just 433 road cars were created, powered by a 3453cc straight-six engine with individual throttle bodies, resulting in peak outputs of 272bhp and 243lb ft of torque, and enabling a 162mph top speed. Twenty racing versions of the M1 were also built, featuring a turbocharged version of the road car’s straight-six with power increased to as much as 850bhp.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Admittedly, you could buy close to six new BMW i8s for the price of this ex-Ecclestone M1. But while the new car points to the future for performance motoring, the older one comes from an era of legendary homologation specials. It also wears one of the most handsome bodies to ever make production, penned by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Find used BMW M1's for sale on the Classic and Performance Car site here.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/bmw/202120/bmw-m-gmbh-outperforms-amg-posting-record-sales-figures
BMW

BMW M GmbH outperforms AMG, posting record sales figures

17 Jan 2020
Visit/bmw/201827/bmw-m-performance-parts-pricing-availability-and-range
BMW

BMW M Performance parts: pricing, availability and range

12 Dec 2019
Visit/bmw/201850/bmw-design-and-the-sorry-slide-from-quiet-confidence-to-muddled-mediocrity
BMW

'The sorry slide from quiet confidence to muddled mediocrity'

15 Oct 2019
Visit/bmw/201608/bmw-4-series-coupe-spied-munich-to-downsize-8-series-formula-next-year
BMW

BMW 4-series Coupe spied – Munich to downsize 8-series formula next year

13 Aug 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/volkswagen/golf-gti/22866/new-volkswagen-golf-gti-leaked-ahead-of-reveal
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback

New Volkswagen Golf GTI leaked ahead of reveal

Following a slew of spy shots last year, a camo-free Mk8 Golf GTI surfaces online
20 Jan 2020
Visit/lotus/202124/lotuss-badge-engineered-specials-from-cortina-to-carlton-and-vx220
Lotus

Lotus's badge-engineered specials: from Cortina to Carlton and VX220

Some collaborations more secretive than others, a handful of models have received backing from Lotus over the years. We've gathered the very best
19 Jan 2020
Visit/ford/202122/ford-focus-rs500-v-audi-rs3-new-v-used
Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS500 v Audi RS3 – new v used

One’s an eight-year-old Ford, the other a brand new Audi. But which of these five‑cylinder superhatches deserves your £45k?
18 Jan 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019