Car News 27 Sep 2016

Unique 1970’s BMW M1 Procar

This 1970’s BMW race car is one of only 40 cars built and designed for race championships. This Procar was later rebuilt to M1 road-legal specifications. The one-of-a-kind example is now on sale in the US.

This car is the 31st of 40 cars built to race in the BMW M1 Procar Championship races from 1979-1980. No. 31 was built to race car specification, however it was used as a spare and never raced. The car was first bought in 1979 in Germany and was featured in Hermann Altmiks famous car-art paint schemes. The car later changed hands, moving from Germany to the US in 1983.

The car was stripped down and it’s rarity recognised by Canepa in the US. Canepa restored the car to its original glory and also added customised upgrades. The car was restored using original parts including Procar tie rods, axles, suspension uprights, wing and mirrors. No.31 was fitted with the iconic Procar specifications, however with one crucial difference; it was road-legal.

The engine has been rebuilt and electronic fuel injection added, to boost the car’s performance. This one-off road-legal car now produces 414bhp and 357lb ft of torque.  A five speed dog-leg ZF gearbox was also fitted.

The stunning car’s interior is finished in black leather with contrasting grey stitching. Sound and heat insulation has been added. The unique car has been given a very special paintjob; it is finished in Basalt Blau, which is not available for the public and kept as the colour for the BMW board and family’s cars.

The bespoke road-legal M1 Procar made its restyled debut in 2016 in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where it became an instant hit and prompted the sale due to a high level of enquiries. Price is on application and more details can be found at Canepa.

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