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By Ben Selby
The late Paul Walker was a bonafide petrol head of epic proportions. Best known for showcasing Japan’s fastest toys in the Fast and Furious franchise, his real-life taste in fast cars was incredibly diverse.
Walker was also a big fan of BMW M cars. One of the most unique to grace his collection will be going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s Miami Sale on December 10. This BMW M1 AHG Studie is just one of 10 cars built and was once owned by Paul Walker himself.
Built from 1978 to 1981, the BMW M1 was BMW’s first official M car and mid-engined supercar. It was originally built to contest FIA Group 5 racing. However, in order to be allowed to enter, the FIA stated that 400 examples must be built to comply with Group 4 rules first.
As a result, BMW made the choice to create its own one-make race series around the M1 instead. Called the M1 Procar Championship, it featured various Formula One and Sports Car stars competing in a support class to the Formula One World Championship in 1979 and 1980.
The series gained a sizeable following and this prompted German BMW dealer AHG to modify a handful of road-going M1s for a select clientele. AHG took the M88 3.5L straight six and took power up from 270hp to 350hp.
Other upgrades included a racing clutch for the ZF five-speed manual transmission, adjustable suspension, racing BBS alloys, and a racing front spoiler, skirts and rear wing. Customers could also spec their car in whatever colour or livery they wanted.
This example, chassis number 4301090, was sold new in August 1979 through BMW’s dealer in Bielefeld, Germany. It then made its way to AHG for those aforementioned modifications. The car made its way to the US and remained in the collection of Ed Weaver till 1995.
Paul Walker, along with his friend and fellow car fanatic Roger Rodas, purchased the car for their collection in 2011. It stayed with Walker until 2014. The next owner rebuilt the water pump, changed the oil, coolant, brake fluid, battery and painted the valve cover. Total mileage for the M1 is around 6,821kms, so it’s hardly been used at all.
As a result, the expected sale price of this race inspired rarity is between $450,000 and $550,000. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if its association with Paul Walker means it fetches a tad more than that.