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Nice Whips: 1980 BMW M1 Orange Classic

Nice Whips: 1980 BMW M1 Orange Classic

BMW launched the M1 program in the ’70s to take on Porsche‘s dominance in the FIA’s Group 5 class. The M1 was the first mid-engined concept car designed in-house by BMW, who contracted Lamborghini and then Giogetto Giugiaro’s ItalDesign for production, thus making the model an interesting fusion of German and Italian construction.

The BMW M1 is a rare collectible and important landmark in BMW’s history — only 453 BMW M1s were ever built, and among them, only 98 finished in orange. The above model is in excellent original condition, featuring glassfiber bodywork wrapped around a multi-tubular spaceframe chassis, and motive power assisted by four-valves-per-cylinder, race-developed 3.5-liter six and a give-speed ZF transaxle. The interior is a slick black and grey palette featuring Recaro seats, air conditioning, electric windows, remotely operated door mirrors and a heated rear screen.

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