The E30 M3 made its debut at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show and was a BMW Motorsport division development based on the E30 3 Series. The reason for the development was to allow BMW to compete in Group A touring car racing against the likes of the Mercedes 190E 2.3 16V Cosworth.
Group A rules demanded that each race car share its main components with the production road car, hence the wide arches to accommodate race wheels and tyres. The series required a high number of units to homologate the M3 (5000 units), so production was carried out by special teams at the normal Munich-Milbertshofe factory rather than the Motorsport unit in Garching.
While based on the E30 3 series, the M3 was a totally revised car designed and focused for use as a race car. The suspension was reworked resulting in three times more steering castor, a front anti rollbar linked to the struts, re-valved shocks and stiffer shorter springs, a wider track and stronger wheel bearings were added to cope with intense mechanical stress of track work. The power assisted rack and pinion steering is quicker (19.6:1). All the exterior panels on the M3 apart from the bonnet and sunroof are unique to the car with the rear screen re-angled for better airflow. Both front and rear screens are bonded in to the car to increase body stiffness.
The M3 weighed a mere 1200kgs and coupled with the cars immense handling and driving behaviour it is no surprise that BMW had no problem selling all 5000 units.
Central Locking with Antitheft System, Electric Sunroof, Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, On Board Computer, Roof, Antenna, Additional Turn Indicator Lamp, Pioneer Stereo.
The box arched E30 will remain a signature design for years to come with proportions and dimensions that worked for the road, the track and rally stages of the world. Finished in Diamantschwarz metallic this example positively glows with an exacting finish and lustre that points to outstanding provenance and ownership of the greatest care.
The body work is excellent on this car with very few stone chips or blemishes to be found. All of the black plastic trim and grilles are in good condition and retain their original black finish, without any fading or marks to be found.
The familiar dashboard retains excellent original fit and finish in keeping with this stunning E30. The classic hounds tooth cloth is in remarkable condition and extends to the door cards. The black trim that surrounds the cabin and gearbox tunnel all present in fabulous condition and are difficult to fault without having been subject to any age related wear, cracking or discoloration.
A Pioneer stereo is the upgrade within the cabin, with factory AC and sunroof offering some comfort for those warmer journeys. The boot presents as new, with the correct jack, brace and spare wheel in place.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The iconic S14 4 pot engine has been meticulously maintained over the last 30 years in Japan so is in excellent mechanical order. The engine ticks over smoothly and quietly and provides plenty of performance for any B road blast.
The dog leg 5 speed box works as it should with smooth, precise changes, a constant reminder that you’re in a very special machine.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Running on the larger and optional 16 inch BBS alloy wheels which fill the touring car box arches perfectly. These remain in excellent condition with matching tyres all round.
The performance of the M3 on the road feels spot-on, the brakes feel powerful pulling the car up smoothly in a straight line.
This M3 was first produced on the 26/11/86 and was supplied to Japan from new in 1987. It has lived nearly all of its life in the dry climate and avoid the fate of many European examples that have seen poor weather conditions and subjected to body repairs due to rust. This very original example was imported over to the UK in the beginning of 2018 and registered on a E reg plate.
The history file shows a truly incredibly maintained car, like no other car we’ve ever seen before with two full folders of invoicing. Between being supplied new and 2004 there are over 300 documented encounters showing mileage and date, when the car covered the majority of its distance (63,227miles). Service history during this time was with BMW over in Japan before a specialist took over.
Having been inspected in house by our BMW Senior technician we’re pleased to report this M3 is as good as the history file suggests. Having been in storage more recently there is very little needed to make this the ‘perfect’ M3.
The history file comes complete with the original owners manuals, books and 2 folders of invoicing.
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