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1981 BMW M1 Coupe

As racing regulations evolved in the mid-1970s, BMW Motorsport saw an opportunity to beat arch-rival, Porsche, in a new racing series by designing and manufacturing a purpose-built racing car and offering it for sale to the public as stipulated by the rules.

The BMW M1, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and powered by a Paul Rosche-designed 3.5-liter, twin-cam 6-cylinder engine, mounted amid-ship, debuted at the 1978 Paris Auto Show tot eh admiration of the world's motoring press. The only problem was that delays with outside contractors caused its appearance to coincide with the demise of the racing category for which it was built. The quick thinking solution was the fast and furious ProCar Series which preceded European Formula One races, pitting the top-five qualifying Grand Prix starters against 15 talented local drivers in identically prepared M1s. The ProCar Series ran in 1979 and 1980 with championships by Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet, respectively.

This M1 Group 4 racer was campaigned in the 1981 IMSA GTO Series, seeing action at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Watkins Glen and Mosport. Drivers included David Hobbs, Mark Surer, and Dieter Quester. M1 ProCars are now prized collector items and can be seen on vintage race tracks around the world.

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1981 BMW M1 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the BMW M1

(Data based on Model Year 1981 sales)
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301364
Sold for USD$368,944
  2024 RM Sothebys : Monaco
 
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301424
Sold for USD$742,000
  2024 RM Sothebys : ModaMiami
 
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301326
Sold for USD$692,500
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction
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1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301240
Sold for USD$368,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301322
Sold for USD$390,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
 
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301421
Sold for USD$467,500
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301348
Sold for USD$577,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1981 BMW M1 Coupe
Chassis#: WBS59910004301413
Sold for USD$416,343
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1981 BMW M1 COUPE
Chassis#: WBS59910004301336
Sold for USD$605,000
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
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1980 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301154
Sold for USD$242,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1981 BMW M1
Sold for USD$212,217
  2012 Coys Auctions - Techno Classica
 
1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: 69910004301170
Sold for USD$192,228
  2012 Coys - Techno Classica, Essen Germany
 
1981 BMW M1 Coupé
Chassis#: WBS59910004301336
Sold for USD$147,800
  2009 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club
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1981 BMW M1
Chassis#: WBS59910004301403
Sold for USD$137,500
  2008 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1981 BMW M1
Sold for USD$91,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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BMW M1s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1981 BMW M1's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1981 BMW M1WBS599100043011912022 Broad Arrow Auctions : West Palm Beach $450,000$500,000
1981 BMW M1WBS599100043014262019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction$1,000,000  
1981 BMW M1 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$470,000  
1981 BMW M1WBS599100043014262015 RM Sotheby's NY Auction : Driven By Distruption $800,000$1,000,000

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1981 BMW M1

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1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis #: WBS59910004301326
Engine #: M88-354
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
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Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis #: WBS59910004301282
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
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Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis #: WBS59910004301348
Engine #: M88-389
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
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Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis #: WBS59910004301154
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
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Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
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1981 BMW M1 vehicle information
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Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro
Chassis #: WBS59910004301336

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