‘You never know what you’re going to find with M1s,’ says Dan Norris, MD of renown BMW specialists Munich Legends who got the job. ‘Because their bodies are fibreglass and don’t rot, it’s only when you have a look beneath that you find out what’s really going on.’
The news was not good. ‘The corrosion was everywhere, in the chassis rails, the box sections, the doors, the sub-frames. It hadn’t quite gone far enough to make the car dangerous to drive, but it was well on the way.’
In other areas the car was not so terrible, but the engine was badly coked up, there was a compression leakage on one cylinder and it had lots of little oil leaks. The transaxle gearbox needed re-sealing and refreshing too. Indeed by the time Munich Legends was done with it, every single area of the car had been examined, restored, refreshed or where no other solution presented itself, replaced.
‘It wasn’t a ground up restoration partly because by the time the authorisation came through from Munich there was only three months to do the job,’ says Norris, ‘but also because of the near impossibility of finding some of the parts. We were able to source some components not even BMW had, but in other areas we had no choice by the work with what was already there.’