What would a modern day M1 look like? In 2008, BMW and Giorgetto Giugiaro attempted to answer that question. The M1 Hommage was presented at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy about 11 years ago already, but still looks like it could go into production tomorrow. The car was an amazing interpretation of the original M1 supercar and even borrowed some styling cues from the iconic BMW Turbo concept car. This car was built in celebration of the E26 M1's 30th anniversary and is one of my favorites of the long line of Hommage concept cars BMW has drawn up in the recent years.
This 1:18 scale model is from French maker Norev and was part of the brand’s dealership line for BMW. I actually found this on the eBay page of a Pennsylvania BMW dealership’s parts and accessories department for a great price, so make sure you shop around if you are interested in adding this one to your collection. Unlike some of my other Norev’s, the wheels and proportions of this model are spot on!
The model is made from diecast metal, but it is a sealed shell, meaning you will not have opening doors or engine compartments. There isn’t an interior to be seen as the glass is fully blacked out, which intentionally matches the real car. Sadly, the M1 Hommage was only intended as an exterior design study concept. That can be forgiven, as the bright orange paint shines brilliantly like a thousand suns. The only other negative aspect I can point out on this model is Norev’s choice to use heavy plastic for the grilles around the car. It is blatantly plastic with minimum effort given to add texture to mimic mesh.
One surprising feature Norev did include on this model were steerable wheels. However, the front wheels snapped back into position whenever I tried to pose the car to highlight those giant chrome and slotted dinner plates in a photo. Overall, this is a great model for BMW and concept car fans alike, but as I mentioned before, shop around. Last I checked, prices were all over the place for these, but you should be able to score one for less than a hundred dollars. I wonder which Hommage model I should track down next...