The only street-legal BMW M1 Procar goes to Pebble Beach

Article by Christian A., on August 17, 2017

The BMW M1 will be one of the most exclusive cars that will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, alongside many other extravagant models. Firstly, there are only 40 units of this model that was ever built, but what makes this one unique is that it is the only road-legal BMW M1 Procar. Thanks to the Thermal Club, this example will be heading to Monterey this weekend, and it will be displayed by a virtual reality track experience. The Thermal Club is a private motorsports club that will also offer a virtual tour of their 344-acre facility for Pebble Beach guests.

The BMW M1 Procar Championship was made in accordance with the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) standards. In 1971, the said model was produced by the company in a limited one-year run. And just after two years, it had already been dismantled.

What makes it the one and only street-legal model? Well, the first owner of this race-ready M1 Procar had its racing parts removed before selling it to as a second hand car. After the M1 had been produced, there was no series to race the cars in so BMW was left with the 40 track-focused examples. Each was a stripped out version of the road model where they were based. Luckily for number 31 of 40, it was the only M1 Procar that had been converted into a street legal model. The M1 came with a 3.5 liter straight-six engine that produced as much as 470 horsepower (350 kilowatts). It was capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 4.3 seconds, before it continues to a top speed of 190 mph (305 kmh).

This street legal M1 met its first owner in 1979, before it was transported to the United States, where it was fully restored by Canepa. The tuner added styling cues of the Procar like the massive rear wing, a set of 17-inch BBS center-lock wheels and special Brembo brakes.

Other than that, the M1 received Procar suspension parts and a customized Penske coilover suspension to return to its racing glory. They had VAC Motorsports rebuild its original six-cylinder engine with an electronic fuel injection, paired with a five-speed ZF gearbox. The M1 Procar now yields 414 horsepower (306 kW) and 357 pound feet of torque.

The exterior has been finished with a light Basalt Blau, while the interior will be given a sleek black leather finish. The customized version was sold last year, and is now headed to Monterey for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Press Release

The Thermal Club To Display Rare BMW M1 Procar At Mccall's Motorworks Revival

The Thermal Club today announced it will display the world’s only street-legal BMW M1 Procar and offer a virtual reality track experience at the 26th Annual McCall’s Motorworks Revival in Monterey on August 16th.

The 1979 BMW M1 Procar was restored by renowned racer Bruce Canepa. BMW produced 40 Procars, which raced in a championship support series during the 1979 and 1980 Formula One seasons.

Motorworks Revival guests will have an opportunity to experience The Thermal Club through an immersive 360-degree virtual reality ride-along offering a thrilling lap around two of the club’s Alan Wilson-designed racetracks. Attendees will also be able to take a virtual tour through the race shop, drivers lounge, clubhouse, restaurant and a track-side villa.

“We look forward to bringing a piece of racing history and a state-of-the-art virtual tour of our club to this exclusive event,” said The Thermal Club Founder Tim Rogers. “Enthusiasts from around the globe head to Monterey Car Week to celebrate automotive history and enjoy the incredible amenities around the Peninsula. These are precisely the people who will appreciate the unique attributes of The Thermal Club.”

McCall’s Motorworks Revival will feature rare cars, racing legends, private jets, vintage airplanes, live music and fine cuisine. The event also benefits the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation.

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