Looking at this photo you wouldn’t give this find much thought, it looks a lot like a Pontiac Fiero, but it’s actually something far more important and incredible! Back in December, Olaf E sent us a link to an article on Autovisie.nl about a BMW M1 that was recently discovered in a barn in Italy. The article linked to a Facebook page for a BMW specialist in Germany, so I messaged them ASAP. Felipe García, the owner of Mint Classics, messaged me back right away but sadly has yet to get back to me with more information or photos. Hopefully we will hear from him soon, so we can add more details to this amazing story. Special thanks to Olaf for the tip!
The M1 was BMW’s first attempt at building a mid-engined supercar, with the sole purpose being to homologate the car and engine for racing. Since they lacked the experience of designing and building a mid-engine supercar, they actually turned to the Italians, specifically Lamborghini to design the chassis and build the cars. While it sounds like a brilliant idea, Lamborghini wasn’t in any position to take on such a monumental task. Rather than abandon the project, BMW had Italengineering finish the chassis design work. BMW then built all 453 cars in house by hand! The end product has all the flair of an Italian, but the attention to detail and precision of a German!
Power comes from a 3.5 liter inline six, it’s a BMW after all. Street going cars like this had about 270 horsepower, while the turbo charged racing engines were good for about 850 horsepower! I’d be perfectly happy with 270 in a car this size, it was still capable of 160 mph. This particular example has seen just 7,329 kilometers or about 4,550 miles!
According to Felipe, the original owner parked it almost immediately after buying it, but there is no word on why it was parked and forgotten. The engine might be high strung, but I highly doubt it developed any mechanical issues in such a short amount of time. Hopefully Felipe can fill us in on the rest of the story!
This really is an important find and hopefully we can follow along as Mint Classics restores it back to it’s former glory! I imagine when it’s completed, it will go for serious money. With such low mileage and being a real deal barn find, it will likely go for more than your typical M1. Again, special thanks to Olaf for this amazing tip! If you come across any amazing barn find stories, we would love to hear about them, so be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!