An incredibly rare 1980 BMW M1 Procar will spearhead RM Sotheby’s world-renowned Monterey sale as the company utilises its online-only platform once again in a bid to stimulate sales due to the recent pandemic.
The desirable high powered 1980 BMW M1 Procar is being offered without reserve and boasts the familiar striking wedge-shaped fibreglass body by renowned designer Giorgio Giuiaro. the BMW M1 was the first car powered by an engine developed by BMW Motorsport—the mighty 3,453 cc M88 inline six-cylinder engine.
The M1 instantly became a major player in the automotive community when it debuted as a road-legal racing car at the 1978 Paris Motor Show and shortly after, the M1 Procar race series was developed, fitted with the even more powerful M88/1 engine and producing over 470 bhp.
The M1 Procar offered in RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, chassis no. 1195, is the 36th example of a mere 54 Procars produced and was sold new to American racing driver Joe Crevier, who drove the car alongside Al Unser Jr. in the 1981 Riverside Six Hours. 1195 went on to participate in the IMSA GT Championship for two seasons, claiming numerous podium finishes.
Today, the race-ready Procar comes to auction in outstanding condition, having been comprehensively restored from the ground up. Raced regularly throughout its life, including more recently at the 2010 Le Mans Classic, 1195 was continuously maintained and serviced by expert competition car specialists.
In today’s historic racing environment, the M1 Procar is a prized entrant as they are well-regarded for their outstanding trackability, reliability and performance with this particular example being regarded as “on the button” and fully race-prepared. The M1 Procar represents a rare opportunity to obtain one of the most eligible and iconic competition cars available (Est. $600,000 – $800,000, offered without reserve).
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Shelby Myers, Car Specialist & Global Head of Private Sales, RM Sotheby’s:
“The offering of such a tremendous example of the BMW M1 Procar is a very unique opportunity, and its presentation without reserve makes the offering even more unprecedented.
“The M1 Procar is considered one of the most spectacular racing cars in the motorsport world, packing a truly impressive amount of power. Chassis no. 1195 checks all the right boxes, having been maintained and competed without financial constraint and is highly eligible for a number of historic racing events. You don’t have to imagine what it would be like to race this car around the famed Le Mans circuit after watching Sam Hancock behind the wheel at Spa—this is the chance to race a fantastic M1 Procar at the Le Mans Classic in 2021.”
The online only auction will take place 13-15 August and will present approximately 200 motor cars via rmsothebys.com.