Robb Design Portfolio: Eminent M

1980 BMW M1
The M1, the first production car from BMW Motorsport, was clad in Italian bodywork, by Giugiaro, and was supposed to have been built in Italy, by Lamborghini. But Lamborghini’s financial misfortunes in the late 1970s prompted BMW to terminate the partnership and bring manufacture back to Germany, where convertible coachbuilder Baur produced about 450 M1s from 1978 to 1981. A 3.5-liter inline-6 engine mounted aft of the two-seat cockpit powered the svelte fiberglass coupe. The M1 reached its homologation quota too late to race competitively in FIA’s Group 5 (Special Production Cars) category, its original raison d’être. However, the model did spawn the short-lived BMW M1 Procar Championship (1979–80), in which drivers from Formula 1, the World Sportscar Championship, and other international series raced against each other in identically modified M1s. Today the first M car is finally being coveted by collectors beyond those faithful connoisseurs who have always recognized the M1 as a brilliant star of the BMW firmament.

From Around the Web...
The all-new SUV blends S-Class style with all-weather ruggedness…
Among the 172 automobiles sold at the recent auction was the world’s second most expensive Ferrari…
Photo by Bob Harmeyer/Getty Images
The Pink Floyd drummer raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans an impressive total of five times…
Danny Thompson Archives/Holly Martin Photography
Driver Danny Thompson set an unofficial land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2014…
Ferrari will unveil the new four-wheel-drive sport sedan at one of the world’s biggest car shows…
Photo by Scott Williamson/photodesignstudios.com
The storied roadster appeared on album covers, in advertisements, and in TV shows and movies…
An online contest will allow one lucky winner to race the new 718 Boxter with coaching…
The lithe and fast 570S is the first of McLaren’s new entry-level Sports Series…
Photo by Drew Gibson
The one-of-a-kind car featuring actor Daniel Craig’s signature will likely sell for a huge sum…
Thomas Mao never thought he could be the caretaker of such an important piece of automotive history…