Nearly two decades after BMWs legendary return to form, which was achieved by its careful engineering and marketing of New Class sedans, the Bavarian automobile manufacturer had expanded its repertoire considerably and was enjoying success both commercially and competitively. A collaboration with Lamborghini, for purposes of homologation, led to the M1 being manufactured as a sole BMW project. The 1979 BMW M1 was the second generation of this limited quantity sports car, and would be followed by only two more production years thereafter. A sports car by every conceivable measure, the 1979 BMW M1 featured a body owed to famous Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and was powered by a straight-6 DOHC M88 (displacement of 3,453 cc) and could be turbocharged up to 850 horsepower.
The 1979 BMW M1 was conceptualized and produced essentially as a high-performance sports car with street car configurability. Its sleek exterior and hugely powerful engine rendered it very competitive on the professional racing scene, and even when downgraded for the non-racing commercial market, the machine could still yield 273 horsepower from its hardy 3.5-liter motor. With a potential top-speed of 162 miles per hour, the street-legal M1 was built with the lead-foot, would-be racer very much in mind. Because of its homologation specifications and a comparatively brief production run, the M1 is not an easily tracked down slice of BMW history. Thankfully, present day lead-feet have a buying resource in the Beverly Hills Car Club.
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