An impressive BMW M1 originating from the Paul Walker personal car collection has sold for $500,000 on an online auction…
The last couple of years has seen the sale of numerous cars from the late star of the Fast and Furious franchise, Paul Walker’s personal garage collection with at least 21 being offered as part of a Barrett-Jackson sale in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2019.
Walker’s life came to an abrupt end after the American actor and Roger Rodas went on a Saturday afternoon cruise onboard a 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT in an industrial park in Valencia. It was reported that Rodas, the driver, lost control of the car and the pair lost their lives after smashing into a tree around 3.30 pm.
400 Road Going Examples
One of only 400 road-going examples of the BMW M1 were ever produced, this one being delivered new in August 1979 to BMW Schneider in Bielefeld, Germany where the supercar was modified in the early 1980s by BMW dealer AHG with their Studie package. Output of the already beefy 3,453cc M88 inline-six was further increased to around 350bhp and a Procar-style body kit was added along with custom BMW Motorsport livery, three-piece BBS wheels, a custom exhaust, and sumptuous full-leather seat upholstery.
The car was then imported to the US where the car resided in a collection until 1995 and was then purchased in 2011 by a Texas collector. It then spent time as part of the AE Performance collection shared by Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in Valencia, California, before being acquired in 2014 by the current owner.
BMW M1 Gallery
Originally manufactured as a road-going car, the BMW M1 was dressed in white before being repainted in a BMW tricolour livery as part of the AHG Studie treatment. Each car sent to AHG was given a unique paint job of the customer’s choosing by Hermann Altmiks, and ‘altmiks lackdesign’ can be seen painted under the left rear taillight.
AHG aerodynamic panels were inspired by M1 race cars from BMW’s single-make Procar series and include a front air dam, side skirts, and a rear spoiler. The front bumper and surrounding fascia on this car were repainted in 2016. Closeups of the finish, trim, and lenses are shown in the images, along with close-ups of AHG and Studie markings on the bumpers and rear spoiler.
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Black leather interior over the seats, dash and console has replaced the standard cloth and the refinements continue with air conditioning, power seats, and even a wonderfully period Blaupunkt cassette player.
The amazing BMW M1 listed on Bring A Trailer has sold for $500,000 with another week or so to go…