Making the First M-Car Was an Uphill Battle

Photograph Courtesy BMW

The BMW M1, the first officially badged M-car, quickly made a name for the Bavarian performance branch, but that didn't mean that it didn't have trouble becoming a reality.

Lamborghini was tasked with actual construction, and its poor finances delayed production. By the time the M1 was ready to hit the race track, it was no longer competitive.

Despite that, the M1 would later see some racing success, most notably with the Andy Warhol-painted Group 4 racer that placed second at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans.

What did all that mean for the slightly more pedestrian road-going version? Read about the experience over on Classic Motorsports, where we had the chance to drive one ourselves.

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