The incredible story behind this BMW M1 prototype
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Just last weekend, an extremely rare BMW came up in an auction, but it looks weren't the only thing that got enthusiasts all over talking.
Only 453 BMW M1's were made, but this one is even rarer than your standard factory BMW build — it's a one-off.
According to the history books, this car broke the 300km/h speed record on the 17th of October 1981 during a campaign that was funded by BP's Autogas product.
The custom bodywork was done by Italdesign, and they certainly left their mark. Featuring a majority of custom body panels and some ridiculously big scoops, the M1 looks like more of a rocket ship than a top speed car, but we'll take BMW's word for it.
The extensive custom work didn't end there either, under the engine cover you'll find the original straight-six with a pair of BorgWarner turbochargers that give it a significant power boost. Taking the engine from 273hp to a bonkers 410, this car would've been more than able to break the record.
According to the auction site that it is listed on (Coys Auction), the car was uncovered from a garage in London after it was lost for over 25 years.
Owning a piece of history that is this quick doesn't come cheap though, pre-auction estimates indicate that it could fetch over NZ$485,453.