Autotrader Find: 1981 BMW M1

If you’re looking for the ultimate BMW, you’ve found it. This is a 1981 BMW M1, and it’s currently listed for sale on Autotrader by Enthusiast Auto Group in the Cincinnati area. EAG, as it’s known, is one of the premier BMW retailers in the U.S., and it’s the same dealer that was also selling a "package" of some of the most important BMW models in the brand’s history that we covered recently.

The M1, of course, is one of BMW’s most special models of all. Effectively a BMW supercar, the M1 was sold from 1978 to 1981, and just 453 were manufactured during that time for the entire planet. The M1’s powertrain was a 3.5-liter straight six that made 273 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, and it was designed by the famed Italian sports car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.

This particular M1 is in fantastic condition, finished in white with a black interior — and just under 19,000 miles from new. Ownership history is well documented in the ad, to the point where most early owners of the car are known and named — including Bobby Rahal, the race car driver and owner of Bobby Rahal BMW in the Pittsburgh area.

The interior is especially nice, with the seats showing virtually no wear — though the exterior, too, looks great. Most people will never see an M1 in person — I’ve only seen a handful, and only at exclusive car shows — but finding one for sale on Autotrader is nearly as rare. The price isn’t listed, but values of these cars are rising fast, and I suspect this one is available for well over a half-million dollars.

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