The late Paul Walker is usually related to the Nissan Skyline GT-Rs he drove within the “Fast and Furious” films, and personally owned, however he was additionally an enormous BMW fan. One in every of Walker’s rarest Bimmers—a 1980 BMW M1 AHG—was not too long ago put up on the market on Convey a Trailer and ended up promoting on Monday for $500,000.
That will appear steep however a fast search on the favored public sale and classifieds web site reveals a handful of different M1s on the market with asking costs even greater.
As a refresher, the BMW M1 was conceived as a homologation particular for FIA Group 5 sports activities automotive racing, which required producers to construct road-going variations of the vehicles they deliberate to race. BMW tapped Giorgetto Giugiaro for the styling and Lamborghini for the engineering, however issues quickly fell aside.
The Lamborghini partnership dissolved, forcing BMW to show to Italengineering for the M1’s metal area body chassis. Plans to race the M1 in an FIA sports activities automotive collection additionally fell via. The automotive was solely raced as a part of the one-make Procar series, which did not less than function a solid of then-current Method One drivers. Solely about 400 M1 street vehicles have been constructed, plus some race vehicles.
This M1 was modified within the early 1980s by German BMW dealership AHG, gaining a Procar physique equipment, BBS wheels, BMW Motorsport tricolor livery, and leather-based upholstery. The AHG remedy additionally included some upgrades to the three.5-liter M88 inline-6, boosting the mid-mounted engine’s output from the inventory 277 horsepower to round 350. Energy is shipped to the rear wheels via a 5-speed handbook transaxle.
Solely 10 M1s acquired the AHG remedy.
In keeping with the itemizing, the automotive was delivered new in August 1979 to BMW Schneider in Bielefeld, Germany. It was imported to america someday earlier than 1995, when it was acquired by a Georgia collector. It was bought to a Texas collector in 2011, then ended up within the AE Efficiency assortment shared by Walker and Roger Rodas. It was acquired by its present proprietor in 2014, and was beforehand listed on BaT that yr. It’s now displaying about 4,200 miles.
Walker, who was killed in a car crash in 2013, had a number of BMWs in his collection, together with some M3 Lightweights and an E30 M3 Evolution, in addition to some American muscle, together with a Shelby 427 Cobra duplicate.
This text was initially printed by Motor Authority, an editorial accomplice of ClassicCars.com.