Ultra rare opportunity to buy a BMW M1 art car

Ultra rare opportunity to buy a BMW M1 art car

With only 456 models ever produced the BMW M1 is an extremely rare machine and one that many collectors would love to have in their garage. If the standard M1 isn’t exclusive enough for you, thern there’s always the M1 Art Cars of which there are two. One was painted by Andy Warhol and is owned, like all other BMW art cars, by BMW itself. The other was painted by well-known artist Frank Stella back in 1979 and has just been put up for sale by the Guggenheim Museum.

While BMW commissioned many art cars since the program began 1975, this Stella M1 is the only one that was officially sanctioned by the factory for a private client. All the other art cars remain in the German automaker’s private stash. So this M1 becoming available represents an extremely rare opportunity for one buyer to own an original BMW art car.

The special M1 has been part of the Guggenheim Museum’s collection since 1999, and will be auctioned by Bonhams this coming August in California, USA. How much is it worth? It’s tough to predict but conservative estimates are suggesting around half a million US dollars although it could go for double that amount. There are also rumours that BMW itself will turn out and snap up the art car to complete the full set, returning the Stella M1 to its relatives in the German automaker’s collection.

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