BMW has a storied history spanning just over a century, and many of their heritage autos stood the test of time thanks to their superb attention to quality and design. The M Series is no different — BMW’s prized performance line had to start somewhere and the 1980 M1 was a glorious precursor to the platform, foreshadowing the launch of one of the automaker’s most desireable lines.
This M1 has a complicated past — it was originally commissioned to Lamborghini but due to impending financial collapse, the German automaker was forced to ship the car to Modena, Italy where Marchesi became responsible for the construction of the vehicle. The car was then shipped back to Germany, where it would receive its hand-built 273-horsepower engine, along with a five-speed ZF transmission system and gorgeous, all-original black interior. This fine example is number 265 of only 453 units ever produced. The car is for sale via email inquiry over at Girardo & Co., so you finally have a chance to own a piece of true automotive history.