Thirty years ago, at the 1978 Paris Motor Show, BMW’s Motorsport or “M” Division presented its first ever model and at the same time, the Bavarian carmaker’s first and last mid-engine supercar, the M1.
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the production car was inspired by the 1972 BMW Turbo show car. BMW originally commissioned Lamborghini to work out the details of the car’s chassis, assemble prototypes and manufacture the vehicles, but Lamborghini’s financial position meant that BMW reassumed control over the project in April 1978, after seven prototypes were built.
The road going edition was equipped with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter straight six generating 273 hp, allowing it to reach a top speed of 162 mph. Apart from being one of the most beautiful BMWs of all time, the M1 is one of the most exclusive as only 456 examples were built between 1978 and 1981.
To celebrate the M1’s 30th birthday, BMW has planned several events throughout the year, including a special stand at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza at Lake Como where it will show off production and racing versions of its iconic supercar.
[Source: BMW Group]