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BMW M1 POV – Test Driven on the Street

Watch as Winding Road Magazine takes a pristine 1981 BMW M1 for a test drive on the street.
Footage of this type is extremely hard to come by considering only 453 were produced (of which 399 were road-going versions).

The M1 supercar featured in the video is available for sale for an asking price of $525,500 on

Seller description below includes a brief history of the BMW M1, as well as the history of ownership of this particular unit (WBS59910004301322):


One of 399, Rare Stygian Blue, Exceptionally Well Serviced

The BMW M1’s existence originates from the need for a production based car for a proposed Group 5 ‘Silhouette Formula’ to compete in the World Sports Car Championship. The mid-engined concept car was designed in-house by Frenchman Paul Bracq. Ex-racing driver Jochen Neerpasch was responsible for initiating this ambitious project which was intended to take on rivals Porsche and hopefully yield a victory at Le Mans.

Internally dubbed the E26, the M1’s development was a cooperative effort with top Italian specialists. Lamborghini was initially contracted to build the car but Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Ital Design ultimately took over the project. The coach assembly was performed at Ital Design featuring a fiberglass body built by composite specialist T. I. R. on a multi tubular space frame chassis supplied by chassis specialist Marchesi & C.

Assembled bodies were shipped to BMW’s German partner Baur for the mechanical assembly, the last stop then being BMW Motorsports for final preparation and distribution. The twin-overhead-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder 3.5-liter six was all BMW with tweaks by the Motorsports division. A five-speed ZF transaxle was used to transmit power to the ground. Lamborghini’s Gian Paolo Dallara was responsible for developing the suspension, which followed racing practice by using unequal-length wishbones at front and rear. The M1’s wedge-shaped coachwork proved highly efficient aerodynamically, needing very little in the way of additional spoilers and wings, even in race configuration. The M1’s interior was exceptionally well equipped for a sports car. It featured Recaro seats in leather with fabric inserts, air conditioning, electric windows, remotely operated door mirrors and heated rear screen.

First shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1978, the road-going version came with 277bhp and a top speed of 160mph. The abandonment of the Group 5 Silhouette Formula robbed the car of its raison d’tre, but production nonetheless continued. An M1-only Procar Series was run at Grand Prix races in 1980 and ’81 provided BMW Motorsport with a valuable showcase by way of consolation. Some 453 M1s were built thereby fulfilling racing homologation requirement that 400 be produced. Production ceased at 399 road cars and 54 Procars.


Imported into California when new, this M1 spent its life in Canada before recently returning to the U.S. This M1 has an exceptionally documented service history and benefits from a significant mechanical refurbishment. This M1 was cared for at a very high level and one drive will convince you of that. Not a squeak or rattle on bumpy roads, this M1 feels new. The car is accompanied by a thick stack of service and repair receipts totaling nearly $150,000 throughout its lifetime, its service manual, microfiche, owner’s manual, original tool kit, restorer’s guide, spare wheel, jack, safety kit and a Certification from BMW Germany.

The odometer reads 048,067 km (29k miles). Receipts show a costly engine rebuild at 70k km (42k miles). We do not have an explanation for the odometer reading. There are no service receipts to verify mileage progression from the 2nd to last longtime owner who owned the car from 1990 to 2008 (only parts receipts from 1990 and 1991). Given the condition, we are assuming he didn’t drive it much. Regardless, we feel the mileage is somewhat irrelevant on this M1 given the level of attention it received, documented by a hundred or more service and repair receipts. We have had this M1 gone through top to bottom by a master BMW mechanic and there are no issues. We welcome Pre Purchase Inspections. This is an extremely solid, well sorted M1 in the best color.

This special M1 would make a wonderful addition to any collection.

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BMW E39 M5 | Ghosts From The 90s by savagegeese


Originally Posted by Germanauto
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Sometimes he talks out of his ass.

“The steering is not good.”

Says who? Only you. Everybody else has said it’s some of BMW’s best work.

A lot of the reviews agree that the steering isn’t great on the E39 because of the recirculating ball setup. As an owner of a 2002 E39 M5, I would agree.

The steering in my E36 M3 (which I still drive regularly) offers a lot more feel and is a lot sharper than the E39 M5, as was the steering in my E90 328 (from what I remember, the car was totaled a few years ago)

The E36 is much more raw and more fun than the E39 M5, so it’s more enjoyable in the canyons on the weekend, but the E39 is a much better car and incredible overall package…much better daily driver and great grand tourer, but its way more of a luxury car than a sports car.

Steering in the E39 M5 was certainly was not BMWs best work. It’s precise, but slightly numb…not as numb as the new stuff though. I’ve also got a 2017 530i, so I can compare them directly. The 2017 is a little bit more numb but a hell of a lot lighter and the ratio is slower on the 2017 which drives me nuts.

Aside from the steering on the E39 M5, it really has no other weak spots. My 2017 530i was my daily driver, but it’s going away and the M5 will be my daily. Will not miss the G30 at all. The E39 absolutely stands the test of time and does not feel like a 17 year old car (aside from the Nav system)

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