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      03-25-2012, 10:11 AM   #85
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Originally Posted by jerrypon83 View Post
Uh... Lambo started, but then they quit. If I remember it right, the M1 was a 100% Bavarian. Well, almost 100% maybe because BMW finished the project on their own. And then ///M Power was born!

Lambo built the prototypes and BMW took over when Lambo ran out of money.

Initially, BMW turned to Lamborghini to sort out the details of the tubular steel chassis, build prototypes and assemble the 400 road cars required for homologation at the rate of two a week. Giugiaro's Ital Design was contracted to shape the body, taking inspiration from Paul Bracq's 1972 BMW Turbo show car. Prototypes were seen being tested around Sant'Agata in 1977, but by then Lamborghini was in deep financial trouble- and the Ml looked like a possible casualty. Lamborghini's government funding ran out, and delays caused BMW to snatch its Ml project back in April 1978, by which time seven prototypes had been built. It decided to transfer production to Baur, in Stuttgart.
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