Silverstone Auctions is set to auction one of just 600 E30 M3 Sport Evolution models, with an estimate of £95,000-£115,000
The era of Group A touring cars was a great time for high-powered road-going homologation specials, demonstrated perfectly by a pair of ultimate-specification German rivals heading to Silverstone Auctions’ next sale. From BMW, there is an E30 M3 Sport Evolution, which will be sold alongside the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 at the NEC Classic Motor Show sale on 12-13 November.
The E30 on offer was originally registered to Alpina in Germany, before being imported to the UK by Sytner. The car was specified in Brilliant Red and grey cloth interior, with a number of options – such as headlight washers and an onboard computer. During its first year and a half in the UK, the Sport Evolution was used by BMW specialist Windynook Motorsport as a demonstrator. During this time, it was fitted with lowering springs and adjustable anti-roll bars.
Ever since the car has apparently been cherished by BMW Car Club members, racking up a relatively low 65,002 miles. Coming with a comprehensive service and history record, the M3 is estimated at £95,000-£115,000.
One of the M3’s most difficult rivals in period was the Mercedes-Benz 190E ‘Cosworth’, and Silverstone is also offering one of these in its most evolved form – the 2.5-16 Evolution II. Even rarer than the M3 with just 500 produced, this 25,000-mile example is estimated at £100,000-£115,000.
‘These are two very sought after homologation cars and to have them both available at one of our auctions is a real treat and a very rare opportunity for buyers,’ comments Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. ‘Any fan of the legendary Group A Touring Car can appreciate these two legends, and a lucky two could be the new owners of these low mileage examples, both with superb collector status.’