Boney M’s Rare BMW M1 to Be Auctioned

The supercar is the only mid-engined model in the history of the brand.

On November 14, Silverstone will put up for sale a unique 1980 BMW M1, which belonged to the legendary producer Frank Farian, the founder of 1970s disco-pop group Boney M. The rare coupe in the racing Procar style is estimated at about £435,000.

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The BMW M1 was produced from 1978 to 1981. Over the years, the company released 453 supercars. In the late 1970s, the Bavarian brand entered into an agreement with Lamborghini.

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The companies’ engineers planned to create a modification of the M1 to participate in the eponymous races, in which many Formula One drivers competed at the wheel of identical cars. Among those who took part in the Procar BMW M1 series were Niki Lauda and Nelson Pique. The German company built 53 racing cars in total.

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The supercar put up for auction was purchased in 1980 by Frank Farian. The producer owned the car for about 10 years. During this period, he agreed with BMW to modify his car in the Procar style.

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The M1 was designed in the spirit of supercars-participants of the racing series. The coupe received a modified fiberglass body, a massive rear wing and 17-inch wheels.

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The BMW M1 is equipped with a 3.5-liter petrol V6 with a power output of 281 hp (324 Nm). The unit is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The coupe accelerates to 100 km/h in 6 seconds. Its top speed is 265 km/h. The current owner plans to get £435,000 for the exclusive mid-engined supercar. The auction will open on November 14.

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In April 2019, the British auction house Coys of Kensington put up for sale the rarest copy of the mid-engined BMW M1. This car was built by racer Harald Ertl to set a speed record on liquefied gas. He managed to accelerate the M1 to 310.4 km/h at the test track on October 17, 1981.

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