June 3, 2012

Spotted - BMW M1

Classic late 1970's styling by Guigiaro, chassis by Lamborghini, and that fabulous 3.5 liter M88 straight "six". One of the most unique cars ever to wear the BMW badge. One of 456 examples built between 1978 and 1981 so that BMW could homologate the car for racing. And to think I almost didn't show up to the show today! Yes, fit and finish is a bit crude (even by 1980 standards) and the power is nothing to write about compared to today's power plants (273 hp). This car is arguably where the M magic started. What a great opportunity to see first hand this amazing piece of engineering! Never underestimate Seattle's ridiculous wealth to attract the most interesting machinery to our corner of the planet.

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