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January 28, 2021

By: Sinjin

CARS

A Breathtaking 1980 M1 Is Up For Sale!

Throughout automotive history, few cars have reached the level of stardom to be considered an icon. Either from the groundbreaking innovations at their time, their on-track performance, or their stunning silhouette. This 1980 BMW M1 AHG absolutely checks all of those boxes. Did we mention it has pop up headlights too? Yeah, the BMW M1 is easily at the top of many people’s “dream car” list.

This 1980 BMW M1 AHG is one of approximately 400 road-going examples produced and delivered in 1979 to BMW Schneider in Germany. The M1 was created by BMW as a homologation model to be raced in FIA’s Group 5 in its time. Changing of rules in 1976 threw a wrench in BMW’s plans as the manufacturer now had to produce a minimum of 400 examples in order to be raced.

 

What gave us the retro sports car look was the fiberglass work designed and manufactured by Giorgetto Giugiaro in Italy. The final assembly took place by hand by Baur in Stuttgart. Each road model started off in plain white paint before eventually painted with the BMW tricolor M-sport colors.

The M1 sits on 16″ BBS wheels with Yokohama Advan tires. Slowing down this BMW has ventilated discs all around and the suspensions sports unequal-length A-arms, height adjustable gas shock absorbers, and coil springs.

 

Under the back deck is nothing less than the iconic BMW inline-six designed by Paul Rosche. The engine measures in at 3,453cc with fuel injection, Magneti-Marelli ignition, and six individual throttle bodies. The standard road-going models were rated at 277hp, but since this one is an AHG, it was tuned and upgraded to an alleged 350hp from engine and exhaust modifications. The car’s tubular steel spaceframe was Italengineering after a failed partnership between BMW and Lamborghini.

If this 1980 BMW M1 AHG has caught your eye, you can possibly take this beauty home as it’s up for sale now on Bring-A-Trailer. The current bid is up to $390,000 with 4 days left in the auction, so if you’re interested you need to start breaking open piggy banks right about now.

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