1981 BMW M1

Auction sold at $


Lot # 125
Seller: Mortrac
Location: Torrance, CA
VIN: WBS5991004301191
Miles: 49,000 miles
Engine: 3.5L 6-Cylinder
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Private/Dealer: Dealer
Category: Classic Exotic

1981 BMW M1


This M1 vin #191 was originally sold by Autohaus Weissenfel BMW in Montabaur Germany to a local gentleman who drove the car and had it serviced at BMW Munich for his ownership from 4/81-1/84.  It was then sold by Kurt Tweesmann BMW in Horn-Bad Meinberg Germany to a US enthusiast that imported it to Grand Rapids Michigan in July of 1984.  During the conversion the speedometer was replaced to US spec and the new journey started.

The doctor who bought the car was also a collector of other BMW’s and definitely enjoyed and drove this car for most of its life.  We have each and every record of repairs and maintenance from Prestige Exotics also in Grand Rapids.  During his 30 year ownership the doctor did cosmetic and engine improvements including a complete exterior and interior restoration, a rebuilt Korman motor, rebuilt transmission, new clutch and many, many other enhancements for drivability.  He put on approximately 19,000 miles during his ownership of the car which totals approximately 49,000 miles (note that most of the M1’s only report the US miles and since none were originally imported to the US the miles are typically not accurate).

The Selling dealer is a true BMW enthusiast acquired the car to 100% restore but has decided to pass it along to the next owner.   It is a car that is easy to drive, fast for the age, and sounds amazing.  The sale will include extra parts collected over the past 5 years of ownership and includes  a extra set of wheels, airbox, stereo, tool kit, spare tire, first aid kit, owners manual, and lots of documentation going back to the original ownership.  Truly a rare find and a unique piece of history.

This is unique offering  can be driven and enjoyed and at some point in the future restored to its original condition with not a lot of work.  This is a very honest M1 that has been driven and enjoyed over its lifetime.

The following link provides additional information on the history of the M1 and details on the limited numbers built including only 98 of the original 399 built in the Orange color like this example.


It should be noted that at this time the car will not pass CA smog and as such must be purchased by another dealer/collector or out of state buyer.

Below is a short video of the history of the M1 and a walk around of this M1 at a local car show.

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HNT Motors

The car is sold. Thx to all of the bidders.


Don’t know much about these cars but you gotta love the exhaust on this. What a thing of beauty and the video of the exhaust is amazing.


Bidding on the Z but this is amazing. You never see M1’s on the street. Very cool car and one of the most unique BMW’s out there. GLWS


Wish I could afford this one, darn…….

HNT Motors

Thanks for everyone’s comments and bidding. We were close but just not there to sell the M1. Please feel free to reach out and we can discuss.


I was looking at another car that the same seller has and this is amazing. It looks very original and he did start it up for me and it sounded great. The engine bay, wheels, and underside of the car looks original but the paint and interior looks like it had been restored at some point in its life. Now I understand why the bidding is so high. Good luck in the bidding, someone will get a nice car.


I was at the Seller’s garage yesterday looking at his Renault R5 and looked at this too. It is very nice, paint is near perfect, interior also very good. The engine bay and undercarriage could use some TLC but still a very nice car. He started it up for me and it sounds amazing. I am not a buyer for this but just wanted to pass this along.


Love the sound of the exhaust. This is going to be fun to watch.

HNT Motors

I have had a lot of questions on the car so here are some answers; It was originally imported with about 30,000 miles and another 19,000 have been added One US owner, other than us, from 1985-2014 There has been paint work done and the interior has been freshened The underside of the car looks its age and has no work has been done The engine compartment is original and no work has been done Original tools, books and spare tire comes with the car Recent maintenance has been done, new water pump, belts, gas lines, and fluids I have… Read more »


Amazing car, never have seen one in person.


Looking forward to watching this one. Not a lot of these around.


Very rare car indeed. The only one I have seen in person is up at Monterey during car week which was canceled this year, thx Covid.


Looking forward to watching this one.


Wow, you never see M1’s for sale.