Second life delivered to BMW M1 Procar image

The 31st unit of just 40 Procar M1 chassis’ ever produced has been given a second chance through a careful process of restoration – even though the model never hit the track as it was intended.

This example was among the ones chosen to serve as a replacement car in the BMW M1 Procar Championship racing series, but this particular unit never saw the circuit. It was given the full race-ready treatment in the factory but it was later assembled as a legal, street version by BMW and its first owner in Germany took commission back in November 1979. It then switched various owners and was even put into storage until October 2012 when the car was delivered to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a thorough restoration at Canepa – where it was given a second life.


The crew even had an original factory-built M1 Procar into the chop to make sure the restoration was authentic – using as many original Procar components as possible during the restoration process. Thus is has he wide body kit (including wing), mirrors, suspension uprights, hubs, control arms, tie rods, and axles from an M1 Procar. Canepa also managed to obtain original Procar center lock BBS wheels but behind them sit upgraded Brembo calipers as well as 13-inch Porsche 935 rotors. The engine was delivered to VAC Motorsports where it gained a Motec electronic fuel injection – the M88 3.5-liter straight-six has 414 horsepower (309 kilowatts) and 357 pound-feet (483 Newton-meters) of torque, linked to a ZF five-speed manual gearbox reworked by Vintage Racing Motors.