When I posted my little paean of car-lust for the BMW 507 a few days ago, there was a certain degree of good-natured ribbing of Beemer drivers. For all that, though, we all know that BMW has turned out some pretty good cars over the years, and another of my personal favorites was the first of the M series, the M1.
I first saw one of these back in the early 1980s in South Africa, and fell into complete lust for it. Of course, it was way out of my means to buy one, and I was saving for another classic at the time anyway.
But in doing some research on this beauty, I unexpectedly stumbled on something fine: a man who repairs and restores classic cars such as these, and I was instantly drawn in. (Many hours later…)
We’re all familiar with the brilliant “Primer” series, hosted by Othias and Mae — who educate us about classic guns — and I think I’ve discovered a similar channel for those of us who, like me, are in love with old cars as much as we are in love with old firearms.
Just as watching Othias and Mae talk about old guns makes us (well, me at any rate) want to possess one of those old beauties, Tyrell’s discussion of the car’s history, his repair and final test drive of the M1 makes me want one of those M1s with a desire so much it hurts.
So I hereby announce that the BMW 507 and M1 are my current automotive love pairing:
1950s, meet the 1980s.