This Perfect 153-Mile 2011 BMW 1M Is $199,990
The BMW 1 Series M, or 1M as it is more lovingly known, is one of the best BMWs of the modern era. It’s exceedingly rare here in the United States as well, with just 740 units delivered to American dealers. Thanks to the fanatics at Enthusiast Auto Group, one lucky collector now has the chance to purchase what may be the nicest remaining example with just 153 miles on the clock.
The BMW 1M arrived in 2011 as a genuine parts bin special. Whereas the standard production 135i had adopted the single-turbo N55 inline-six for 2011, the 1M retained the outgoing 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged N54 engine. Output of the N54 was also boosted to 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque in 1M-spec, and came mated exclusively with a six-speed manual. It was the first turbocharged engine in an M car, hinting towards where the brand would be headed in the near future. From there, the M division installed the rear subframe, rear suspension, and limited-slip differential from the contemporary E92 M3. To make better use of that hardware, the 1M also picked up a set of wheels and tires from its larger sibling. The 1M immediately garnered praise from fans and the media alike, helped along by its approachable MSRP of just over $46,000. That might have been nearly $10,000 more than a 135i at the time, but a comparable M3 coupe started at $61,000.
This particular 1M offered for sale by EAG isn’t quite that affordable. The car is currently listed for sale with an asking price of $199,990. While that is a significant chunk of change, good luck finding another 1M quite like this one. EAG specializes in preparing and selling some of the best BMWs available anywhere, and this 153-mile car is no exception. The car has spent its entire life in a climate controlled facility, with EAG going as far as to note that the car never spent a single night exposed to the elements. The car was reportedly stored with preservation in mind, ensuring the car still looks as good as it did when it left the dealership. That said, a sale at that price might just be a record for the nameplate. Bring a Trailer’s highest auction result for a 1M clocks in at $116,000 back in February 2022. That example had 2500 miles on the odometer, which is frankly in a different league from this near-new car. The next owner probably isn’t likely to add many more miles to this particular M car, which is a shame in its own right.
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