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This Mint 1981 BMW M1 Up For Grabs Is Quite The Driving Machine

One of 399 road-going examples.

The M1. The virtually hand-built homologation beauties hold some serious stopping power on the road – not because of its sub-6 zero to 60 times, but because they're not a common view when stopped at a red. BMW only manufactured a few hundred of these supercars, unquestionably making it the most exotic street car they've ever built. Estimated to bring in roughly $600k, this M1 is currently on the auction block in original condition throughout, and a first-rate example of of BMW's ultimate driving machine. 

Offered by its first and only owner, this '81 M1 is mint – you would think more than just 13,480km would be driven with top speeds of 163mph powered from its 3,453cc, 277 horsepower inline six-cylinder German engine.

The final year in production exterior features never looked cleaner – rear window sunshade, Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires, and uniquely slotted Campagnolo alloy wheels. 

Its ZF five-speed manual transmission is complemented by its factory standards of air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, allowing the owner to rightfully boast, 'never been federalized and is original as can be.'

We're not the only ones who appreciate this machine's glamour – this M1 has been personally invited to participate in several events honoring the BMW heritage. Unsure of when the next one will surface for sale, please excuse us as we scour for loose change in the HQ junk drawers...