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.