1979 BMW M1 AHG
One of 10 AHG M1 Studie cars ever built
AHG upgraded 350 horsepower engine
AHG M1 Procar-style bodywork
Number 94 of approximately 454 M1s produced
Started as a spare body for a Procar
The first question usually asked about this vehicle is What is an AHG M1 Studie?, and that is an understandable query considering that only 10 were ever built.
Start with one of the 399 street BMW M1s, and then do the following: upgrade the engine to 350 horsepower and mate it to a special racing clutch and a new exhaust system; add an adjustable racing suspension and three-piece 16-inch BBS wheels, which were 8-inches wide up front and 9-inches wide at the rear; install a front air dam with brake ducts, wider front and rear fenders, side skirts, and special rear wing to give the car a Procar look; then finish the car off with Cibie lights, a leather interior, upgraded stereo, and a special art car paint by Hermann Altmiks.
The M1 Studie package was prohibitively expensive, not just for the extensive work done to the car, but also because the modifications had to be TÜV-certified in Germany. This required extensive testing and approvals, which only added to the cost. Allegedly, it was the rear wing that was the costliest part to get approved, and eventually it had to be made from a soft material to pass German regulations. Due to low production and custom ordering each AHG car is unique. Who ordered these cars? Most were available only to special BMW customers and race drivers.
This vehicle, number 94 of 454 M1s produced from 1979-1981, started its life as a spare body for a Procar, but was then assembled as a series production car and delivered to a BMW AG Niederlassung. It was then sold as a street M1 to its first owner from Mainz, Germany in November of 1979. In October of 1981 it moved on to what is believed to be the first owners daughter. According to AHG it was then sold to an artist who used the car as a canvas featured in expositions and newspapers. That paintwork is still vaguely visible under the current paintwork.
094 returned to the AHG dealership in May of 1983, who then fitted the car with their special package. The famous German paint shop of Hermann Altmiks was hired to apply the current custom paint scheme. The engine was completely rebuilt and now puts out 350hp as opposed the stock rating of 277hp. The rebuild was completed 1200km (746 miles) before it was shipped to the US in 1984. Since then the car has only covered an additional 6000km (3728 miles.)
4301094 was purchased by an American collector in November of 1983 from Automobile International in Munich, West Germany. It arrived in the US in March of 1984, and received its EPA release letter in December of that year. When imported this M1 was modified for DOT compliance, but was released as EPA exempt (not street legal in California). Full DOT/EPA documentation is included. The NHTSA released the car in 1985, and the car began to appear in shows soon after. 4301094 was very active in the BMW scene until the late 90's, when it was put in storage as a long term collectable.
In October of 2012 the M1 was awakened once more, and over $3500 in original BMW parts were used in its resurrection. Now in the hands of Canepa the car is receiving a thorough inspection and will be given the care it requires to meet our exacting standards.
About the M1 and AHG
The E26 M1 project, which helped launch the BMW Motorsport division, was approved by BMW AG in 1976 under the condition that it would not interfere with the production of any other BMW model. The M1 was developed to show that BMW was a legitimate manufacturer of sports cars that could compete with Porsche and Ferrari on the street, and to offer a purpose-built machine that could participate competitively in the Group 4 and Group 5 racing series.
BMW Motorsport initially contracted Lamborghini to assemble the cars with engines produced and