The M1 coupe was hand-built between
1978 and 1981 under the motorsport division of BMW as a homologation
special for sports car racing. The body was designed by Giugiaro,
taking inspiration from the 1972 BMW Turbo show car.
Originally, BMW commissioned Lamborghini to work out the details of the
car's chassis, assemble prototypes and manufacture the vehicles, but
Lamborghini's financial position meant that BMW reassumed control
over the project in April 1978, after seven prototypes were built.
Since the engineering of the car was still incomplete, a group of
former Lamborghini engineers that had founded a company named
Italengineering offered to complete the car's design. Less than 10
miles away from the Lamborghini shop, the engineering for the M1 was
Only 453 production M1s were built, making it one of BMW's rarest models