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1980 BMW E26 M1 Sports Coupe

  • Chassis Number: WBS59910004301442
The M1 was BMW's tool for FIA Group 4 sports car racing which required 400 examples to be built to satisfy homologation requirements. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his team at Italdesign, it had a tube-frame chassis, mid-engine placement, a fiberglass aerodynamic wedge shape design, and was powered by a 3.5-liter engine derived from the 3.0 CSL.

This particular 1980 BMW M1 remains in its original colors of white over a black leather interior with white and black cloth seat inserts. It was built on November 5, 1979, and imported into the United States on April 16, 1981, by Hardy & Beck Performance Inc. of Berkeley, California. By 1997, it was in the care of Michael Greenstein of San Francisco. The current caretaker acquired it in 2001.

This BMW M1 has been used sparingly over the last two decades. With 11,176 miles on its odometer, the car received a major service by BMW specialist The Werk Shop of Libertyville, Illinois, completed April 2022, with receipts in excess of $50,000. An additional 300 miles have been added to the odometer since that time.

The 3,453cc DOHC M88/1 inline six-cylinder engine has a Bosch Kugelfischer Mechanical Fuel Injection system and produces 277 horsepower at 6,500 RPM. There is a five-speed ZF manual transaxle, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, and an independent suspension with coil springs.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2023

2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $478,000

1980 BMW E26 M1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the BMW E26 M1

(Data based on Model Year 1980 sales)
1980 BMW M1 Procar
Chassis#: 4301302
Sold for USD$1,095,350
  2024 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301327
Sold for USD$567,193
  2024 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1980 BMW M1
Sold for USD$582,500
  2023 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction
 
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301442
Sold for USD$478,000
  2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1980 BMW E26 M1 image  
1980 BMW M1 AHG Studie
Chassis#: WBS00000094301090
Sold for USD$648,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : The Youngtimer Collection - Miami
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1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301218
Sold for USD$825,049
  2022 RM Sothebys : Munich
 
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301261
Sold for USD$417,500
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1980 BMW M1 (E26)
Chassis#: WBS59910004301170
Sold for USD$503,950
  2020 Silverstone Auctions : The NEC Classic Live Online Auction
 
1980 BMW M1 Procar
Chassis#: WBS59910004301195
Sold for USD$913,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey
 
1980 BMW M1
Sold for USD$400,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1980 BMW M1 Coupé
Chassis#: WB500000094301080
Sold for USD$529,236
  2015 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301160
Sold for USD$599,500
  2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
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1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301292
Sold for USD$462,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301385
Sold for USD$379,500
  2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale
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1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301194
Sold for USD$440,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
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1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301360
Sold for USD$242,000
  2013 RM - The Don Davis Collection
 
1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301360
Sold for USD$185,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
 
1980 BMW M1 Ahg Coupe
Sold for USD$155,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction
 
1980 BMW MI
Chassis#: WBS59910004301153
Sold for USD$137,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
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1980 BMW M1 Coupe
Sold for USD$120,000
  2009 Mecum - Monterey Auction
 

BMW E26 M1s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1980 BMW E26 M1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1980 BMW M1WBS599100043012262023 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $550,000$750,000
1980 BMW M1WBS000000943010962019 Artcurial : Retroobile $425,000$500,000
1980 BMW M1 CoupéWB5000000943010802018 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco' $540,000$580,000
1980 BMW M1WBS000000943010962017 Mecum : Monterey$400,000  
1980 BMW M1WBS43010062016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction $575,000$650,000
1980 BMW M1WBS000000943010962016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $525,000$625,000
1980 BMW M1WBS000000943010962015 Mecum : Monterey$450,000$600,000$750,000
1980 BMW M1 AHGWBS000000943010902015 Mecum : Monterey$400,000$550,000$650,000
1980 BMW M1 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1980 BMW M1WBS000000943010962014 Mecum Monterey$375,000$400,000$500,000
1980 BMW M1 AHG StudieWBS000000943010902014 RM Auctions at Monterey$400,000$600,000$800,000
1980 BMW M1WBS599100043012332010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco$80,000$90,000$120,000
1980 BMW M1 Coupe 2009 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale$120,000  

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