The Street Legal Canepa M1 Procar

It might have been hidden away in a corner bay of the workshop, but there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to spotlight this rather special BMW M1 Procar at Canepa during my recent visit to Cars & Coffee.

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E30, E46s and new-gen M3s, M4s and M5s are all great and everything, but nothing has captured the spirit of the M badge quite like the E26 M1.

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This car came at a time when there was a lot of crazy stuff happening in the motorsport world, and for how cool the M1 street car looked, its racing counterpart was so much cooler. And that’s precisely what this car is, a Procar. And not only are the guys at Canepa just finishing up its restoration, they’re also making it street legal. How cool is that?!

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The Giugiaro-designed M1 was powered by a mechanically fuel injected M88, a screaming 3.5L straight-six that sits in full display in midship position.

The street version of the M88 developed somewhere in the region of 277hp, while turbocharged race versions were rated up to 850hp. We aren’t sure what Canepa’s naturally aspirated racer is able to put out, but as this recent dyno clip reveals, it sounds absolutely glorious. You gotta love straight sixes!

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Finished off in a simple grey, the car looks sensational with those big fender flares and humongous adjustable wing.

I took a little time to drool over the center-lock BBS rims. Vintage racing goodness right there!

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Next time I’m over in the US I will have to see if this car is finished. I must see this being driving on the street – my life would then be complete.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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dino@speedhunters.com

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90nissanS13@my350z

Very nice, what a great car and choice of color.

That's one way to align the car. I've always felt the string technique is much better over the laser/plates.

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that's a jewel in there! absolutely wonderful.. even one of my favorite BMW's! the general shape of the car is just so nice, those were beautiful times for car world.

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speedhunters_dino

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I just went to Canepa and saw this car in person yesterday. It was flawless and so cool to see it up close and personal. I couldn't take my eyes off it. This was easily my favorite car there. I caught the end of the tour and John Ficarra, marketing director & tour guide, went over the history of the car, how it came into their possession, and covered a bunch of details about the restoration and modifications they made. He also said the paint is a BMW color from the 70's, but didn't specify. He said there were 4 BMW executives that ordered their M1s in that color, but it was never offered to the public. So they called BMW and got the paint code.

I noticed in your pics the car seems to have a blueish tint to it, maybe a filter on your lens? I also noticed just now that in your pics they hadn't added the faux turbofan wheel discs yet. Here's a few pics I took:

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