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PostPosted: Sat 01 Nov 2014 03:03 am 
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When I saw this on ebay the other day curiosity got the better of me as I'd never seen one before. :scratch: It arrived today.

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As you can see its a German market kit and while it looks like a BMW M1 there are slight differences which leads me to believe that this kit is of the prototype BMW M1.

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PostPosted: Sat 01 Nov 2014 04:24 am 
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New one to me but I think you deductions are pretty much right on.
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Interesting and probably very rare kit of a car that never actually existed :D

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"... In the mid-1970s, while Lamborghini was under the management of Georges-Henri Rossetti, Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to develop, then manufacture 400 cars for BMW in order to meet Group 4 homologation requirements. BMW lacked experience developing a mid-engined vehicle and believed that Lamborghini's experience in that area would make Lamborghini an ideal choice of partner. Due to Lamborghini's shaky finances, Lamborghini fell behind schedule developing the car's structure and running gear. When Lamborghini failed to deliver working prototypes on time, BMW took the program in house, finishing development without Lamborghini. BMW contracted with Baur to produce the car, which BMW named the M1, delivering the first vehicle in October 1978"

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It was first released by USAirfix with that box style. Unlike the later UK Airfix and current Revell boxings you get all the parts (bar motor) to motorise and have working head lights. The motor you can get from Amazon for less than £2. I used the parts to motorise the Airfix Lancia Stratos I recently built.


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Type 6 Oval logo. 1978 to 1981. Issued in 1980.
Lamborghini Ital BMW E-26 07403-6/06465
1/24 scale. Reissue of Tsukuda kit Dynamic Europe Series Number 3. Available in 1980 with working headlights. 06465 distributed in Germany only. Also issued by USAirfix as 8100.

Which product code is on yours Tim :?:

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That's the German issue, which is code number 06465.

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