Mint Classic found 1981 BMW M1 hidden in garage for 34 years

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2017

There is a lot of history with regards to BMW’s M1 sports car. With its history as well as the rarity of this model (only 453 examples were built in its lifetime), the BMW M1 is considered as one of the special gems in the auto world. A gem such as the BMW M1 should be driven on the road, not stuck on a garage.

However, one of these 453 BMW M1 units was recently found stashed away in a garage in Italy by known BMW dealer and specialist Mint Classics GmbH of Munich, Germany. It turned out that this 1981 BMW M1 has been lurking inside this garage since 1982, or for around 34 years – forgotten ever since! As expected, heaps of dusts and trash have already accumulated over and under this BMW M1. The interior is also full of dust, but not as much as the exterior.

Some metal parts have already rusted and its tires –the original BMW M1 rubbers produced in 1980 – are completely flat. Incredibly, it appears that that the exterior finish – in bright red – of this 1981 BMW M1 hasn’t faded even after three decades of utmost neglect. However, there is a need to further inspect whether the exterior finish needs a retouch or has to be completely repainted – as this BMW M1 remained covered in thick layers of dust. But as images tell us, there is no damage to the body work of this classical sports car.

Judging from the images posted by the famed BMW dealer, this hidden BMW M1 seemed to be usable or can be easily returned to its functional state by Mint Classics. After all, this BMW M1 appears to be fairly new, as its odometer indicates that it has only been driven for 7,329 kilometers!

Mint Classics is dead serious about restoring this BMW M1 into its pristine condition, telling us to stay tuned for the rebirth of the very special M1. First, Mint Classics has to make sure that its engine is still operable; after all, 34 years have passed since this powerplant was last used and operated.

This engine – the infamous 3.5-liter twin-cam straight-six M88/1 powerplant – features individual throttle bodies, Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, intake stacks concealed underneath the airbox and serpentine exhaust headers. Derived from the M49 motorsport engine, the M88/1 is able to produce 272 hp (203 kW) of output at 6,500 rpm as well as 330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 5,000 rpm.

Aside from getting the engine operable, Mint Classic would make sure that other moving parts like the steering system could still be used safely. Of course, Mint Classics would implement the necessary repairs, restoration or upgrades to the BMW M1 to ensure that it looks and operates as amazingly as possible.

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