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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1981
Internal name:E26
Designed by:Italdesign / Giugiaro
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 16, 2020
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Chassis: 4301059
Originally conceived as one of the M1 Procars, this example was raced during the 1980 season by Arturo Merzario for BMW Italia. 'Little Art's' best results in the competitive series were a pair of seventh place finishes. Following the demise of the Procar series, the team looked elsewhere to race the car and decided to enter international sports car racing. In its Procar guise, the M1 qualified for the Group 4 class, which was also defunct. Instead, it was fielded in the more lenient Group 5 class, where it faced purpose-built silhouette racers like the Porsche 935 and Ferrari 512 BBLM. Making the best of the more liberal regulations, the car was uprated by specialists Oreca with revised bodywork, while larger wheels and tires were also fitted. At its second outing, the 1981 Monza 1000 km, it scored a promising fourth place overall. It was then raced at Le Mans where it went up against much stronger competition, which also included a pair of BMW M1 silhouette racers that were built by Sauber on what was effectively a prototype chassis. Finished in striking rainbow colours, it was driven to a commendable 16th overall by Bernard Darniche, Johnny Cecotto and Phlippe Alliot. The car was back again the following year when it finished 18th. Following its contemporary racing career, it was eventually completely restored in the early 2010s. It has since made select appearances at major historic races in the hands of successive owners.

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Manufactured in 1979
First owner BMW Italia
Last known location German Historic Racer
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