Canepa has completed their fully restoration of a 1979 BMW M1 Procar, number 31 of just 40 made, which served as a spare car during the BMW M1 Procar Championship. Originally sold to a German customer in November 1979, it was then purchased by an American collector 4-years-later. The race car was driven and displayed at numerous events throughout the 1990’s, and was placed in storage until October 2012. It was made street-legal by replacing the BMW race components with OEM Procar parts, including BBS center lock wheels, suspension uprights, hubs, control arms, tie rods, axles and mirrors. The engine was rebuilt and equipped with Motec electronic fuel injection, boosting total engine output to 414 hp and 357 lb-ft of torque. Click here for more pictures of the fully restored M1 Procar. Continue reading for a Top Gear review of the original M1.
In the late 1970s, Italian manufacturer Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation, but conflicts arose that prompted BMW to produce the car themselves. The result was sold to the public, from 1978 to 1981, as the BMW M1. It is the first mid-engined BMW to be mass-produced, the second is the BMW i8. It employs a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L six-cylinder petrol engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection.