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Very few firms can claim "experience" when it comes to these most unique BMW's. Korman Autoworks has built and restored all variations of M1, from street to Gruppe 5. If your M1 needs rebuilding or restoration, call us with your needs.

M1 Gruppe 5

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One of three cars produced, this is the only one brought to the U.S. Engine rebuild and other work performed by Korman Autoworks. 

 

M1 Group 4 Pro Car/Frank Stella Art Car

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In 1975 the concept of BMW Art Cars was conceived with the painting of a BMW 3.0 CSL by Alexander Calder.  The following year BMW commissioned Frank Stella to paint another CSL.  It was driven in the 24 Hours of LeMans by the American Driver Peter Gregg, Brian Redmond of England, and Frenchman Herve Poulain, and later at Dijon, France by Ronnie Peterson of Sweden. When Peterson died 2 years later, Stella created the art series "Polar Coordinates" in his memory.  The design was applied by Stella to a BMW M1 Pro Car for his friend and art car driver, Peter Gregg.

This is the only time that one of the "factory" artists ever created another art car for a private individual.  It is thus a totally unique, rare and beautiful example of automotive art.

This M1, chassis number 9430 1053 was built in 1979 by BMW Motorsport GmbH to BMW Pro Car Group 4 specifications.  A unique feature is the seat covering, rendered in a Black Watch Tartan pattern per Peter Gregg's request to Jochen Neerspasch.  This material was used by Gregg in many of his race cars.

Peter Gregg died soon after receiving the car. It was never raced and was kept in storage. The next owner is responsible for rescuing the car from obscurity and decay by having Korman Autoworks restore it to track-ready condition. They also funded the restoration and public showings of the car prior to it's donation to the Guggenheim Museum.

Show history:

  • Monterey Historic Automobile Races in 1996 
  • BMW M Day Concours Event, Spartanburg, SC-1st Place, Competition Class, 1996
  • Amelia Island Concours D'elegance-First Place 1999
  • Castle Hill Concours, Crane Estate, Boston MA

>>>Update 2011, sold by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, further summary of car's history

M1 Pro Car Parts

Korman Autoworks can provide most parts for the Group 4 M1 Pro Car as well as many street model M1's.  We can supply both mechanical and body parts.  The fiberglass panels are made from the original BMW Factory molds. Call or email for details.

M1 Pro Car

 

M1 Street Car

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Street M1, Engine rebuild/performance upgrades.

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