Star of the Fast ‘n’ Furious movie series Paul Walker was a well known petrolhead. Walker had a collection of cars (you can read about some of his collection by clicking here) and he had a penchant for BMWs. This ex Paul Walker BMW M1, which has less than 7 000 km on the odo, recently sold on US auction website BringATrailer. The successful bid was $500 000 (about R7,5m). Walker owned the M1 with fellow petrolhead and friend Roger Rodas as part of their AE Performance collection. Rodas was the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT that crashed, claiming the lives of both men.
The BMW M1 was the German brand’s first foray into supercar manufacture and the first production BMW to have a mid-mounted motor. Just over 450 examples were built during the car’s production run. The M1 Procar, a racing version, was the weapon of choice for a one-make curtain-raiser for Formula 1 in the early 1980s (read more about that series by clicking here).
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The car pictured here is based on the road-going BMW M1 but has been updated somewhat. The racecar-like bodykit with flared fenders and deep front spoiler are immediately evident, as is the rear spoiler and BMW Motorsport livery. Less obvious is the modified engine. Click here to read about the only two road-going BMWs to ever wear the CSL badge.
In stock form the 3,5-litre M88 engine produced 206 kW whereas the Paul Walker BMW M1 puts out 260 kW. The inline-six breathes through six individual throttle bodies (ITBs) and a custom exhaust set-up. Power is sent through a ZF five-speed manual transaxle and to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. BBS three-piece alloys measure 16-inch in diameter.