BMW E30 M3 Ravaglia Rare E30 M3 Ravaglia edition (EVO II celebration model) When it comes to classic cars, there is rare, and there is super rare. The Roberto Ravaglia edition E30 M3 is the rarest of all E30 M3s, with a production run of just 25, made exclusively for the UK market (BMW designate the 480 Cecotto editions and 25 Ravaglia editions together hence the plaque reading 74/505). Of those 25, only 16 were produced in what is arguably the signature colour for the model - Misano red. Between them, Johnny Cecotto and Roberto Ravaglia made the E30 M3 the most successful touring car of all time, winning pretty well every race they entered and assuring the M3 unassailable legendary status. BMW produced two limited run models in homage to their heroes, the M3 Cecotto and M3 Ravaglia. Distinguishable by their limited paint colours (either Misano red, or Nogaro silver) distinctive wheels, body colour painted rocker cover and plenum and, of course, special edition plaque, the Ravaglia is the only E30 M3 produced exclusively for the UK. It is difficult to know how many of the original 25 still exist, and more importantly, how many have the sort of history and provenance that modern pri
The 2.5 straight six engine starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature just as it should. The engine bay retains a clean appearance with no signs of damage, poor repair, or corrosion to any of the inner panels. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a silken 4-speed automatic transmission. The E30 was most recently serviced at 58k miles in 2016, which also included a timing belt change.
The engine bay is in remarkable rust-free condition, the engine itself in fine fettle having been religiously maintained solely at BMW from new. On close inspection the chassis rails are entirely free from any corrosion with all other areas and components presenting extremely well indeed. The four-pot 2.3 idles up to temperature without fuss and the five-speed dogleg is still a joy to operate.
Under the bonnet you'll find the 2.8-litre M52 straight-six from an E36 328i Sport. With this car the owner's objective was to create an original looking 3-Series but with the speed and reliability of a more modern example, suitable for everyday use. The engine was completely rebuilt in 2014 over a four-month period and now boasts an enlarged throttle body, lighter flywheel, and ECU re-map. A recent rolling road session showed a healthy 215hp on tap. To ensure the engine remains cool a large aluminium radiator was also fitted with an automatic 16-inch fan. The car was most recently serviced in March this year at 108,875 miles.
*SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A stunning homologation BMW E30 M3 Motorsport with just 28,634 miles. MODEL HISTORY The E30 M3 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show. Produced at the Milbertshofe factory in Munich with the drivetrain assembled by special teams and the chassis thoroughly reworked by BMW Motorsport in every significant area. The only reason for this iconic vehicles birth was to allow BMW to compete in Group A racing where a minimum of 5000 road going examples had to be built. These vehicles are therefore incredibly similar to the successful competition versions and just 5300 North American AK03 models were produced in total. (Source BMW M Registry). EQUIPMENT Limited-slip differential, MacPherson strut front axle with anti-dive and reinforced anti-roll bar, sports tuned suspension, dual ellipsoid headlamps, front air dam, rear air dam, plastic boot lid with rear wing, flared wheel arches, heated side mirrors, heated door locks, heated screen washer nozzles, M3 insignia in grille, black satin chrome finish, M Technic leather sports steering wheel, leather gear knob and gaiter, central locking, power front windows, electric sliding roof, opening rear quarter windows, map lights in the rear view mirror, glove box torch, BMW sports seats, contoured rear seats, toolbox in boot lid, oil temperature gauge, M Technic instrument cluster, service interval indicator, outside temperature display, check/control info centre, OBC II, cruise control, air conditioning. EXTERIOR This fantastic example is finished in Zinnobar Red, (Code 138), and retains an amazing gloss finish. Attractive from any angle the 12 unique body panels designed to reduce drag are virtually free from damage and reflect the cossetted low mileage ownership. The Sheet Moulding Composite lightweight bootlid is perfect and the plastic extra wide side-sills show slight markings and fade due to the first paint credentials. The flared wheel arches, large low-slung air dams and extra-wide side sills all help accentuate the dynamic looks. The glass to the Bosch ellispoid headlights have lost a little clarity. All the correct M3 insignia remains intact and the bumper-mounted side marker lights are still fitted. A true icon in a rare unmolested condition. INTERIOR Finished in Natur Bison leather, (Code 0295), the M3 sport seats offer superb body support at all times and are near factory perfect thanks to the low miles covered. Arched around the driver, the accurate clear instruments, switches and levers are in just the right place and the unique instrument cluster with red needles, an M logo and an oil temperature gauge under the tachometer remind the driver how special this car is. The anthracite headlining and door cards are spotless and carpeting has been protected by genuine BMW carpet mats from new. The chassis tag remains in place on the undamaged dash and the electric windows and sunroof operate smoothly. The BMW glove box torch is present but amazingly so are the genuine chassis stickers often lost on the first wash. The boot is immaculate and a full BMW tool kit is present. Near new perfection. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION In the heart of this M3 is the compact and high-revving four-cylinder 16-valve S14 engine displacing 2.3 litres and developing 195 BHP at 6750 rpm. Lifting up the bonnet will reveal show winning detail and cleanliness desired by exhibitionists with all originality retained throughout such as the yellow coloured factory wax and chassis stickers to both front wings. The original Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox is precise and a delight to use. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The original 15 inch Cross Spoke light alloy wheels are included with the car shod in 205/55 R15 tyres. Fitted are genuine BMW BBS 17 inch Cross Spoke light alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot 215/40 ZR17 front and 245/35 ZR17 rear tyres. A twin-circuit brake system with ABS and swing-caliper discs, ventilated at the front bring the car to an assured confidence inspiring holt. HISTORY FILE This iconic AK03 model was produced on the 17th October 1988 for the North American Market and was quickly snapped up by a Japanese collector frustrated that all 395 examples destined for this market sold out. Remaining in his cossetted ownership until January 2014 a substantial bundle of service documentation exists despite the low miles covered. Australian classic car dealer, Martin Bukkos of Mansle Pty Ltd sourced the vehicle who subsequently sold it to our UK collector, Mr Gary Sears. Mr Sears wanted the best, lowest mileage BMW E30 M3 available and his worldwide efforts and expense fortunately resulted in this wonderful car coming to the UK in August 2014 whereby all duties were paid and the car UK registered. Now made available for a fortunate second UK owner due to Mr Sears expanding his rare classic Ford collection which is his true passion. All handbooks and M3 supplements remain and the history file is neatly contained in a smart presentation case. MOT May 2018, HPI Clear. 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