The 10 Best BMW M Series Ever Built

2. 1978-1981 BMW M1

The 1979-1981 M1 was definitely a wedge-shaped ‘70s supercar. The M1 was quite stylish for its time with its leather and cloth black seats, center console, and light-up buttons, although the headroom and legroom were somewhat restricted in this model. Drivers didn’t mind squeezing into the cockpit because the the M1 had a 3.5-liter engine, Kugel Fischer-Bosch fuel injector, four cylinders, over 270 horsepower, and 240 pounds of torque. It used a ZF five-speed gearbox. Lamborghini engineered the chassis of the M1 and, ultimately, Baur assembled the car.

The M1 was able to rip to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. It was able to reach a speed of 100 mph in less than 14 seconds, with its top speed being 164 mph. The car was priced at $60,000. The good performance, brand name, and limited production made the M1 a unique collectible. One model recently was listed for sale for the price of $250,000.