A BMW M1 belonging to the American actor Paul Walker (Fast & Furious), who tragically disappeared in a road accident in 2013, has been sold at auction for $ 500,000.
The BMW M1 is a mythical sportswoman. Despite its commercial failure, this GT, powered by a 277 hp inline six-cylinder engine, remains forever engraved in the hearts of enthusiasts thanks to its unique style and its numerous participations in competition (24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona. ..).
A capital sympathy which makes it today a particularly popular collector’s car. Only here, with a production limited to less than 500 copies between 1978 and 1981, M1s did not run the streets. And therefore, prices are soaring. They flare up all the more when an M1 placed on the market has a glorious past.
Almost like new
This is how an M1 has just been auctioned off by the specialized site Bring The Trailer for the modest sum of … $ 500,000, or more than € 415,000 according to the current exchange rate.
The reason for such a price? The car in question belonged to actor Paul Walker, known in particular for his role as Brian O’Connor in the Fast & Furious saga, and tragically disappeared in a traffic accident in 2013. Acquired in 2014 by another owner, she had only driven very little since and only displayed 6,800 km traveled on the day of its sale.
A modified M1
The icing on the cake, this M1 is part from a very small series of 10 copies which have been modified by the German BMW AHG garage. It thus received an M1 Procar body kit in BMW Motorsport colors while its 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine was pushed to 350 hp. All with ZF 5-speed gearbox, limited slip differential and specific exhaust system, but also special BBS rims, electric windows and leather interior. Enough to actually raise the stakes …