It was twenty years since the once struggling Bavarian automobile manufacturer had restored itself to prosperity, and the 1981 BMW M1 was as much a testament to that recovery as was any other model released before it. Having pulled themselves back from the brink with a long line of successful sedans, sports sedans, and compact executive cars, BMW had spent much of the 1970s further cultivating its racing credentials. And though the 1981 BMW M1 would close out the M1 production run, it did so in high style. One of the rarest BMW models ever manufactured, the M1 had a unique origin story (its exterior was Italian, for example) and was also central to a short-lived racing series, the BMW M1 Procar Championship, in which the famous Formula One driver Niki Lauda participated.
Under the hood, the 1981 BMW M1 housed enough power to run a small city. Its 3.5-liter, straight-6, DOHC M88 engine was forceful even in its consumer-approved variant. That version could reach top speeds of 162 miles per hour, summoning the mechanical muscle of 273 horsepower, or 204 kW. Motor power on this scale was largely without precedent in the BMW family of vehicles and served to establish the manufacturer as a major force in the high-end sports car community and throughout the various racing organizations. In fact, the turbocharged racing M88 could yield a gut-busting 850 horsepower, which spoke to the arrival of BMW as a motor engineering juggernaut. Classic collectors have M1 buying options available to them, and can revel in both owning a rare bit of BMW history and zipping around in a rocket on wheels.
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