Most BMW fans recognize the M1 as the supercar that launched the marque’s M brand. But few know the convoluted back story of how the M1 was designed and commercialized. At Monterey Car Week, Broad Arrow Auctions sold a numbers-matching 1981 BMW M1 for $692,500. Learn how the M1 became a legend.
The Acura NSX, a Japanese supercar introduced in 1990, reached a higher peak with its 1999 Zanardi Edition. Commemorating Alex Zanardi’s Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) IndyCar championships in 1997 and 1998 in Reynard-Hondas, only 51 cars were built. At its Quail Lodge auction this month, Bonhams will offer the #3 car, which has had three owners, and shows only 17,300 miles. The pre-sale estimate is $240,000-$280,000
RM Sotheby’s will offer a black 1994 Supra Turbo Sport Roof with 11,200 miles at its Amelia Island sale. The pre-sale estimate is $100k-$120k, or nearly three times the original list price.
With the introduction the Urus, Lamborghini joins fellow Italian marques Maserati and Alfa Romeo in offering a high-performance SUV. No surprise there; Lamborghini showed the Urus concept more than five years ago. Bentley entered the fray last year, and Ferrari and Rolls-Royce will be next with utility vehicles.
After 10 years of rumors, concept cars, spy photos and malleable corporate moods, the second-generation Acura NSX finally entered production this month. The original NSX sent a shockwave through the sports car world just over a quarter-century ago.