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BMW E30 3 Series and M3: Buying guide and review (1982-1993)

BMW E30 3 Series and M3: Buying guide and review (1982-1993) Classic and Performance Car
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The BMW E30 3 Series represented a big step forward for BMW, in terms of offering a beautifully engineered package at a more affordable price than ever before. The compact saloon offered much improved rear-wheel drive handling, more powerful engines and more technology. 
 
All of these things also add up to a car with great classic potential, and go part of the way towards explaining why the E30 is such a popular choice today. Built in various forms from 1982 right up to 1993, the E30 has become a true BMW icon, especially in Group A homologation M3 form.
 
Which one to buy? 
 
There’s huge choice when it comes to the BMW E30, with a wide selection of engines and bodystyles. Most common models are the two and four-door saloons, followed by slightly scarcer cabriolet and touring models. Choosing the right car really comes down to what you want to get out of owning it. 
 
You will have no problem finding a saloon, but you must use extreme caution. For years, the E30 was one of the cheapest and most popular rear-wheel drive ‘learner’ cars. Many of the bigger engined models will have been driven hard, taken on track, and occasionally crashed. 
 
A lot of these E30s will have been modified over the years too, with suspension, braking and engine modifications all reasonably cheap and easy to perform. Finding a six-cylinder example that hasn’t been messed about with to some extent can be surprisingly difficult. Original four-cylinder 316 and 318i models are more common, and although they make good usable classics, the performance is unlikely to thrill. 
 
There were two major versions of the E30 Convertible, the early Baur-built cars, and then BMW’s own convertible, which came on stream in 1986. The early cars were built by German coachbuilder Baur, and feature a central roll-over hoop, framed side windows and a slightly impractical removable roof. 
 
The full convertible 3-Series was an altogether more desirable proposition, with a fully retractable roof, and some more substantial body reinforcement. Although demand for the Baur was understandably reduced, the company continued to offer conversions throughout the E30’s life. 
 
Although it didn’t appear until 1987, the Touring actually stayed in production right through to 1994, making it the youngest E30 you can buy. Although originally offered as a 325i, the smaller-engined 318i followed. Find a nice four-wheel drive 325ix for the ultimate go anywhere load-lugger. 
 
Built to comply with Group A homologation, BMW’s M Sport department went to town on the E30, producing one of the finest performance cars of the 1980s: the very first M3. Although performance BMWs had generally used straight six engines, BMW used the four-cylinder S14 engine to keep weight down. 
 
Buyers generally pay huge premiums for low mileage and exceptional examples – from the most basic 316 to the highly desirable special edition M3 special editions. It is therefore very important to carry out checks and ensure you aren’t paying over the odds for something with a dubious history. 
 
Performance and specs
 
BMW M3 E30
Engine 2568cc, straight-six 
Power 197bhp @ 6750rpm
Torque 177lb ft @ 4750rpm
Top speed 146mph
0-62mph 6.5sec
Fuel consumption 24.4mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2562mm
Length 4346mm
Width 1680mm
Height 1370mm
Kerb weight 1165kg
 
Common problems
 
• The biggest and most expensive problems you will encounter with any E30, an M3 engine rebuild aside, will invariably be caused by rust. Early cars suffer the worst, but even later models that featured some galvanised panels will now be susceptible. Carefully inspect the sills, along the inner edge, checking carefully for signs of corrosion. Factory underseal can hide huge problems, so don’t be afraid to have a good poke around. 
 
• Damp carpets could spell trouble, as it will usually mean that the car has got rotten floors. It’s possible that the car has simply got a leak (not uncommon on the convertibles), but if this is the case, it doesn’t take long for the damp to do its damage, eating the car’s floors from the inside out. The resulting condensation will also cause electrical issues. 
 
• Other rust hot-spots include the rear panel behind the rear lights, the base of the windscreen surround, bumper mounting brackets and the usual places like wheel arches and wings. 
 
• It’s an old trick, but the use of a magnet can help to identify the use of filler in the problem areas. Front and rear valance panels are also notorious for rusting, with a nasty water and dirt trap near the towing eye. Pull out the boot carpet if you can, and check under the spare wheel for any signs of moisture or corrosion. 
 
• Although the M3 is pretty much a different beast all together, the biggest concern with an E30 M3 is also rust. The sills will go in the same way, but are hidden under covers, while all the same problem areas can be complicated by the M3’s unique bodywork, with barely nothing interchangeable. 
 
• Underneath, look out for cracks in the front subframe around the engine mounts, rusty rear floors and box sections as well as the battery box. 
 
• Unless the car is extremely low-mileage, it’s likely that it will have had some paintwork in the past. Check that all panel gaps line-up, and that the car is all a uniform colour. E30 interiors generally wear well, although seat bolsters can look untidy and seat belts and buckles can become worn out with age and rough use. Leather is more desirable, and much easier to repair when it becomes worn. 
 
• Check that all of the electric windows (if fitted) work, as there are often issues with the switches. If none are working try pressing the thermal cut-out switch. If the switch pops out again, there is likely a problem with the wiring. It’s important to check that the key operates all of the locks, as these can seize up due to lack of use. 
 
• Service history is important, as with any car, but the main things you need to ascertain are that the cam belt has been changed recently on the models with belt-driven engines. When you open up the bonnet, check the overall condition of the hoses, paying special attention to the main air intake hose, which is notorious for splitting and causing running issues. 
 
• Check the condition of the oil – it should be clean – and also check for oil leaks around the engine bay. Open up the coolant expansion tank and remove the oil cap, checking for signs of mayonnaise. This could either indicate a failing cylinder head gasket, or possibly a cracked cylinder head – allowing the oil and coolant to mix. 
 
• Fire the car up from cold, and check for any signs of smoke from the exhaust, as well as unusual sounds from the engine. Once up to temperature, it’s worth checking for signs of blue oil smoke – indicating worn valve stem seals, or bore wear.  
 
• The M3’s wonderful S14 engine is strong, and generally gives very little trouble, but there are some things to look out for. Oil leaks, for example, are not uncommon and are to be expected of a car that doesn’t get much use. 
 
• Timing chains should be replaced at around 100,000 miles. A noisy chain is a warning sign, and you’ll be looking at around £2000 for the job to be done. That’s more preferable than the potential £6000 bill if the chain snaps! 
 
• Valve clearances need to be set by bucket and shim, and overheating can cause headgasket problems, so check that the fan cuts in correctly. 
 
The M3’s five-speed Getrag dog-leg gearbox becomes notchy and noisy with use, but is easily rebuilt, and if the differential is whining new bearings and oil seals are generally all that is needed.
 
• There are no major problems with steering or suspension, but like all cars bushes, joints and other parts will wear out, so a car with fresh suspension can be a very good thing. 
 
• Check the front strut top bearing, which often wears. The rubber perishes, causing a noise over bumps. Rear damper bushes should be carefully inspected, as these can cause rubbing and potential corrosion issues if left unchecked. 
 
• BMW E30 parts availability is generally pretty good. Most mechanical bits are well catered for, although broken or missing trim could be difficult to replace.
 
Model history
 
December 1981: The very first two-door BMW E30s begin to roll off the production line.
1982: Four-door E30 models come on stream roughly one year after the two-door model was launched. Baur convertible offered as an option. 
1985: E30 given a minor facelift with minor interior and exterior changes.
1986: BMW M3 introduced.
1987: A more serious update sees the introduction of the Touring and Cabriolet models, and the removal of the the chrome trim from the bumpers and doors. Evo 1 M3 introduced
1988: Evo 2 M3 introduced. 
1989: Johnny Cecotto edition M3 introduced, followed by the final Sport Evolution. 
1993: E30 replaced by the E36, with the Touring models remaining in production a further year. 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.e30owners.com
• www.e30zone.net
• www.bmwcarclubgb.uk
• www.e30club.com
• bmwenthusiasts.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
As a cult classic, E30 values have soared in recent years, and values continue to strengthen for the best cabrio and Touring models. £1500 is the entry point for E30 ownership, but that is likely to buy you a rough car in need of some serious TLC. The more desirable versions in good condition fetch closer to £5000, while there are some seriously nice cars commanding between £7500-£10,000. 
 
The 325i Sport models are in a league of their own, offering mini M3 thrills, with rough cars starting at £5000, through to concours examples at £22,000. Tourings are rare, and also quite desirable, so prices have always been quite strong. Today pay between £3000-£5000 for a good car, with low mileage examples fetching around £8000. 
 
Cabriolets are considerably more valuable than regular E30s too, with prices starting at about £3500. Great examples cost £8000-£12,000, but the cleanest cars now fetch upwards of £20,000. 
 
Then there are the M3s. £13,000 is the start point for a project car, with £22,000 getting you something that drives. £30,000 will get you a good condition car, while you will need to spend £50,000 for a perfect car. Evo models and special editions regularly sell for more than £100,000. 
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  • Lot 404

    BMW E30

    £30,000 - £35,000 est. £30,000 - £35,000 est.
    Auction Date: 02 Jun 2018
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    • Mileage: 81000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.3
    Auction Date: 02 Jun 2018
    £30,000 - £35,000 est. £30,000 - £35,000 est.
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  • BMW E30

    £16,995 £16,995

    FOR SALE A rare BMW E30 325i Motorsport Edition, huge history file and 47,836 miles. MODEL HISTORY The legendary BMW E30 325i needs little introduction having dominated the prestige saloon car market throughout the 1980’s and early 90’s. The incredibly rare 325i Motorsport Edition, built in a limited number of just 590 cars over four batches, this model remains amongst the most sought after of modern classic BMW’s. Early cars were fitted with M Technic 1 body styling and M Technic 1 interior pieces, and BMW specified the interior trim in accordance with paint colour chosen. Unique to the Motorsport Edition were special paint colours and trim, whilst the sports suspension from the 325i Sport was used and limited slip differential (LSD) was offered as an option. This Nogaro Silver example was one of just 250 cars produced in 1989. EQUIPMENT Monocoque construction, torsionally rigid safety cell, two-door four-seat convertible body, electric operating soft top, front and rear crumple zones, all-round body reinforcement, M Technic 1 body kit, M Technic sports suspension, twin halogen circular headlights, integral front air dam, central locking with deadlock, M Technic 1 sports steering wheel, check control system, computer, electric windows all round, electrically adjustable door mirrors, rechargeable glove box torch. Factory options; Electronic Hydraulic (EH) automatic transmission. EXTERIOR This outstanding 325i Motorport Edition is finished in stunning Nogarosilber, (Nogaro Silver, Code 308). The paintwork boasts a spectacular deep gloss shine and high polished finish, and the original panels are beautifully straight with uniform shut lines. Structurally perfect thanks to fastidious attention to the paintwork in order to make this a regular show machine at BMW Club events, this example is truly exceptional. Unique styling features denote an early Motorsport Edition including M Technic 1 package, with the smaller metal bumpers with factory colour coding and dechroming. Supplying BMW Main Dealer number plates and tax disc holder remain fitted, along with a BMW Car Club Great Britain sticker in the windscreen. The black UV resistant hood is in amazing condition with no fading and a clear, undamaged plastic screen. One tiny nick to the seam edge of the soft top is visible but utterly insignificant. INTERIOR The unique Motorsport Edition BMW sports front seats are trimmed in Grey Leather with the M Tech coloured stripes stitched into the corners, correct for the second batch of Nogaro Silver cars. Furthermore, this special edition car received factory fitted leather door cards, leather stitched centre console and leather covered ashtray lid. The sporty M Technic 1 steering wheel is in excellent order with the discreet M Tech stripes hinting towards the performance capability. The interior is in superb condition with the hide soft and supple, having been subject to a deep cleanse and leather feed by Furniture Clinic in Birmingham. All functions and controls operate including the computer, check control panel and inspection display. The electric hood is seamless in operation. A period Motorola 4800X car phone remains fitted but is now disconnected. An interior to simply delight the 1980’s smart set! ENGINE & TRANSMISSION Displacing 2494cc, the legendary straight six cylinder unit from BMW needs little introduction. 171bhp and 226Nm of torque in a relatively lightweight car raise this car firmly into performance car territory, and 0-62 and top speed figures of 10.3 seconds and 128mph respectively are quoted. A spotless, unmolested engine bay displays factory plates and stickers. The unmistakable crisp engine note is retained through the near impossible to source genuine OE replacement exhaust system, sourced by BMW Classic in London. The factory optional Electronic Hydraulic (EH) automatic transmission with sport, economy and manual modes performs faultlessly and offers positive kick down, exactly as it should. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five 15" BBS wheels with cross spokes and a silver rim are in pristine order with matching BMW hex centre caps. Quality Bridgestone Potenza 205/55 R15 tyres are fitted all round including the spare which sits in the spotless boot area alongside the first aid kit, warning triangle and complete toolkit. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) incorporating all round discs offers ample stopping power to this performance contender. HISTORY FILE A truly incredible history file sets this example apart from the usual offerings and firmly cements the fastidious ownership this car has enjoyed. Supplied new by BMW main agents Prophets Garage Ltd of Solihull on 11th August 1989, this example has covered just 47,836 miles. The original sales invoice confirms that this example was purchased by first private owner, a Mrs Carole Knight, as a dealership demonstrator at a considerable cost of £27,000 less £16,000 for her 1987 325i Convertible in part exchange. The history file is simply enormous, chronologically filed and beautifully presented, whereby perusal of such would take many hours. There are countless invoices from new and throughout, including many from the supplying Main Dealer, Prophets, as well as independent specialists. Welcome letters to Mrs Knight from BMW Customer Service as well as vehicle history records covering the three subsequent traceable owners are included alongside literature from the BMW Car Club Great Britain, to whom the car is known and featured in Straight Six Magazine. Furthermore, the full book pack includes all handbooks, guides and dealership literature as well as the original service book containing 14 stamped entries. There are five documented cambelt changes and every single MOT certificate from the first in 1992 to present has been kept! This amazing limited numbers Motorport Edition represents a rare surviving unmolested example with a history file second to none. MOT April 2019, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/yq6DmlEEPwQ To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhyvEok 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 47836 mi
    • Engine size: 2.5
    For sale
    £16,995 £16,995
  • BMW E30

    £145,000 £145,000

    Vehicle Description: Parkway Specialist Cars Are Delighted To Announce The Arrival Of The Ultimate M3 Modern Day Classic Collectable, This Example Being One Of The 600 Factory Produced Evolution Sport Models Or Sometimes Referred To As The EVO III. Production Of This Highly Individual And Increasing Rare Model Started In The December Of 1989 And Ran Until The March Of 1990, With This Final Run Of Limited Vehicles Fitted With The Already Legendary S14 Engine, However The BMW M Division Increased The Engine Displacement To A Two And A Half Litre Unit, That At Time Of Build Generated A Rather Healthy 238 Brake Horse Power At 7000rpm And 177lb ft Of Torque At 4750 RPM, That Would Accelerate The Driver And Passengers From 0-62 In 6.1 Seconds And Climb To An Impressive Top Speed Of 155 MPH. The Sport Evolution Also Had Improved Visual Features That Would Separate These Unique Cars From The E30 Evo And Evo II, To Include Factory Items Of Modified Front Wings, Adjustable Front And Rear Spoilers, Brake Cooling Ducts Were Installed In Place Of The Front Fog Lights, Enlarged Front Bumper Openings, Two Tone EVO Cross Spoke Alloy Wheels, Removal Of The Touring Fuel Tank, A Longer 3.15-1 Diff Ratio, Signature Suede Interior Detailing And Finished With The Numbered Factory Plaque. This Remarkable Example Was Supplied To A Private Individual In The City Of Bonn In Germany And Was Later Brought To The UK In The June Of 1999. Since This Date The Car Has Been Owned By Three UK Residents With The Last Acquiring The Car In The March Of 2000 And Had Kept It In His Personal Ownership Until We Had The Opportunity To Purchase It For Our Interesting And Diverse Vehicle Inventory. Upon The Exciting Arrival We Have Carried Out Many Aspects Of Sympathetic Recommissioning, In Order To Bring This Highly Rare And Specialist Collectable Vehicle Back Into Now Perfect Presentation For 2017 And We Firmly Believe That This Will Of Course Please The Next Lucky Custodian, Along With Increasing Values Has The Years Move Onwards. This Show Perfect Example Also Comes Complete With An Extensive Past Historical History File, A Complete Booklet Pack Set, The Entire Keys, A Fully Clear Hpi Certificate And The Complete Tool Kit. Exterior: The Striking Body Of This BMW Evolution Sport Is Presented In The Glanzschwarz Jet Black Metallic, With This Colour Perfectly Demonstrating The Aggressive Widen Arch Lines And Exquisite Exterior Details. Further Build Items Include The Totally Unmarked Nogaro Grey And Bright Silver 16" BBS Deep Dish Alloy Wheels Which All Sit On Brand New Branded Tyres, The Infamous Rear Boot Lid Spoiler Attached With The Additional Adjustable Grey Spoiler Blade, The Chrome Front Kidney Features That Sit Centred To The Black M3 Embossed Front Grille, The Signature Front Bumper With Enlarged Openings For The Brake Cooling Ducts, The Unmarked Front Fixed Lower Front Valance, Bright Red Front And Rear Bumper Strips, The Chromed Twinned Oval Exhaust Tips And Adorned With The Subtle Chromed M3 Badges, That Finalise The Effect. To Get To This Showcasing Standard, Parkway Specialist Cars Have Removed The Front Wings In Checking For Any Past Corrosion, Removed The Bonnet And Boot Lid, Removed Both Doors, Removed The Total Engine Area And Of Course Removed Glass Sections, Prior To The Car Having A Professional Total Body Paint. The Car Today Stands In Exceptional Visual Condition And Has Had A Total Mechanical Overhaul Meaning That This Highly Special Car Will Now Need For Nothing For Many Years To Come. We Expect An Extensive Level Of Interest Not Just In The UK, But Around The Globe, As These Cars Rarely Become Available For Sale. Interior: The Interior Is A Real Treat And As Soon As You Step Inside The Fabulous E30 Cabin, It Instantly Takes You Back To The Glory Years Of Motor Sport Domination From The M Division, During The Mid Eighties. This Example From Factory Build Is Presented With The Black Leather Recaro Sport Seating Beautifully Detailed With Black Twin Needle Stitch Work And Perfectly Complemented With The Embossed M Coloured Flashes, That Created The Ultimate Air Of Extreme Internal Drama. Further Detailing Is Presented With The Dark Grey Fabric Roof Lining, The Light Grey Carpet Set Professional Covered And Protected For Future Trips, The Dramatic Black Dash That Wraps Around This Inviting Cabin, The Three Spoke M Embossed Suede Trimmed Factory Steering With And Gear Selector, The Factory Bright Red Seat Belts, The Black Trimmed Door Cards, The Suede Covered Hand Brake Lever And Of Course Decorated With The Signature Numbered Evolution Sport Motif. This Total Space Has Been Treated To A Complete Sympathetic Restoration, Which Included The Interior As A Total Fit Been Fully Removed For Cleaning, Treating And In Some Cases Professionally Revived, Which Has Now Created An Environment Of Maximum Splendour. Specification: The Car Is Presented For Sale In Remarkable Total Condition With The Car Boasting Some Highly Rare Factory Options To Include The Manual Air Conditioning, The Electric Tilt And Slide Solid Sun Roof, BMW Reverse RDS Radio Cassette With The BMW Sound System Speaker Set, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, The Fully Functional BMW Trip Computer, The Factory Three Spoke Suede M Embossed Steering Wheel, The Black Trimmed Door Cards, The Unmarked 16" Nogaro BBS Style Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels Which All Sit On Branded Tyres, The Optional Rear Manual Blind, Fixed Front And Adjustable Rear Spoilers, The Suede Covered Gear Lever, Remote Central Locking With Security Features, The Suede Trimmed Hand Brake Lever, Dark Grey Fabric Roof Lining, The Chromed Twin Exhaust Tips, Signature Red Strips To The Front And Rear Bumpers, Chromed Front Kidney Grille, Bright Red Seat Belts And So Much More. A Rare Find Offered With The Entire Booklet Pack Set, The Entire Keys And A Fully Cleared Hpi Report. For Further Details Then Please Contact Either Jonathan Or Mark On 01623 622627 Or Via Our Email At: sales@parkwayspecialistcars.co.uk Options And Costs To Ship Worldwide Are Available Upon Request...

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 79883 mi
    • Engine size: 2.4
    For sale
    £145,000 £145,000
  • BMW E30 M3 Ravaglia

    POA POA

    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

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 53500 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • BMW E30 325i Cabriolet

    £14,995 £14,995

    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.

    • Year: 1993
    • Mileage: 63296 mi
    For sale
    £14,995 £14,995
  • BMW E30 M3

    £64,995 £64,995

    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.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 95679 mi
    For sale
    £64,995 £64,995
  • BMW E30 328i

    £14,995 £14,995

    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.

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 109475 mi
    For sale
    £14,995 £14,995
  • BMW E30

    £54,995 £54,995

    *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. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/QDQleuW6lUw To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUJbAS3 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 28634 mi
    • Engine size: 2.3
    For sale
    £54,995 £54,995