The BMW E30 M3 was the first purpose-built saloon that was originally designed by the BMW Motorsport division as a FIA Group A homologation model and quickly became very sought after by many enthusiasts. Introduced in 1986 as a road car, it dominated Touring Car racing throughout the World taking countless titles including the prestigious German, Australian and British titles, not to mention the World Touring Car Championship in 1987.
The BMW M3 Evolution II came as a special, limited and numbered edition of 500 units of the E30 M3, produced between January 1987 and June 1988, in order to homologate a series of technical upgrades specially developed for the DTM racing series. The BMW M3 Evolution II was probably the closest to a 'Group A' racing-car experience it was possible to have on public roads in 1988. Compared to a normal specification M3, the engine was more powerful thanks to a new camshaft, pistons and intake system and benefitted from a lighter flywheel and lightened boot-lid, windows and bumpers. Such modifications made the car quicker and more 'pointy' compared to the standard M3.
Offered for sale is this highly desirable 48,000 miles homologation special Misano Red 1988 M3 Evolution II, number 117 of 500, and is in excellent condition. Extremely rare and one of only 40 officially imported to the United Kingdom. This UK-supplied Evo II was registered new in 1988, therefore has an MPH speedo and English language computer display from new. Its rarity is considerably increased by being one of only 6 converted to right-hand drive by Birds of Iver. Current owner bought the car from UK BMW specialist Munich Legend and imported/ registered this car in Hong Kong in 2015. Presented in superb condition, this 220 bhp Bavarian legend has unmarked 16 inch BBS alloys, engine bay is clean and pristine half leather/half chequer cloth interior and comes with service history. Cosmetically and mechanically excellent, it’s your opportunity to obtain this Bavarian legend
A test drive reveals that the car fired from cold with ease, all gears engaged very nicely, and overall the car felt tight and precise. A well sorted E30 M3 is just a bit special and Evo IIs, particularly in Misano Red are rare and sought-after.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 48,000 Miles
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: First Delivered in UK in1988. Import and registered in 2015 as "M3 Evolution 2" on Hong Kong VRD. Single ownership in Hong Kong. Well maintained and very well-kept. Original Tool Kit, Owners Manual, Service Books, records files are present.
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1/500 'Homologation Specials' and 1/40 UK-supplied cars
A high standard RHD conversion done by Bird and bought from Munich Legends
Cosmetically and mechanically excellent, your opportunity to obtain the legend
Oil Service and MOT
Clutch replacement including master & slave cyclinder
Oil Service and MOT
Brake service include new disc, hose, pads
New Suspension shocks & spring
Rear bushing replaced
Fuel gauge and sensor unit replacement
New A/C Compressor
Oil Service and MOT
Auxiliary cooling fan and control unit installed
New A/C Unit installed in UK by Munich Legends
All previous records available upon request
The BMW E30 M3 is widely considered one of the best drivers’ cars ever made, if not the best outright. It’s the car that BMW uses as a driving dynamics reference for many of its modern vehicles, and it’s still regarded as the most successful racing car of all time. The road going version of the E30 M3 owes its existence to homologation regulations – BMW wanted to create a special version of the E30 coupe for motorsport, and the rules dictated that a minimum number of road cars be built to a specification close to the race car.
The first M3 appeared in 1985, it was directly based on the regular E30 coupe unibody, but it used 12 unique outer body panels, including its distinctive box flared fenders. The only outer skin elements used from the regular E30 were the doors, bonnet, roof, and sunroof. The real magic of the E30 M3 lay under the body, the engine, drivetrain, suspension, and brakes were all developed in a typically German fashion – with serious attention to detail. The BMW S14 engine was developed specifically for this model using the M10 block and a shortened version of the head from the M88 engine, that had been originally used on the BMW M1.
The DOHC S14 engine was offered with capacities from 1990cc, to 2303cc, to 2302cc, to 2467cc, although the 1990cc version was only ever offered in Portugal and Italy to take advantage of the under-2 litre tax bracket. Suspension was completely revised from the standard E30, with increased caster angle, aluminium control arms, revised front strut tubes, and thicker anti-roll bars. Brakes were also significantly upgraded, with new rotors, calipers, and a special brake master cylinder. The gearbox was a Getrag 265 5-speed, different versions were offered for US and Euro markets, with there Euro-spec cars getting the desirable dogleg version.
Over the course of its competition life, the E30 M3 would win the World Touring Car Championship in 1987, the European Touring Car Championship in 1987/1988, the British Touring Car Championship in 1988/1991, the Italia Superturismo Championship in 1987/1989/1990/1991, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft in 1987/1989, the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1987, the Australian Manufacturers’ Championship in 1987/1988, the AMSCAR Series in 1987/1991, and the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship in 1990. There were also a slew of major race wins including the 24 Hours Nürburgring (5 times), the Spa 24 Hours (4 times), and the RAC Tourist Trophy.
There have been many great M3s over the years, but none have quite matched the legendary status of the original – though a couple have come close.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Unveiled at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, the M3 was the latest creation from BMW’s legendary Motorsport division, a pocket rocket built to homologate the E30 3-Series for the European Touring Car Championship. Using what was essentially the 24-valve head from the M-Sport straight-six – minus two cylinders – mated to the block of the four-cylinder M10 engine, the M3’s motor developed an impressive 195 horsepower from 2.3-litres. Throw in a Getrag close-ratio five-speed gearbox, firmer suspension and additional downforce from the aerodynamic aids and you have a car that rewards the driver in the best race bred tradition. The discreet front air dam, rear spoiler, flared guards and fatter rubber sitting on unique alloy wheels helped set the M3 apart from the ordinary 3-Series – indeed, the entire body was unique to the M-Sport version apart from the bonnet, roof panel, sunroof and doors.
Regarded as one of the greatest driver’s cars of the era, the E30 M3 enjoyed a fabulous motorsport career, scoring countless wins in touring car races around the world, including the Australian Touring Car Championship. Indeed the world debut of the M3 took place at Calder in 1987, with the JPS Team BMW’s of Jim Richards and Tony Longhurst scoring wins at Lakeside, Surfers Paradise, Amaroo Park and Oran Park to give Richards the overall title that year, while BMW shared the Manufacturer’s Championship with Nissan. To homologate further updates, BMW released the Evolution II version of the road-going M3 in 1987, incorporating updates to the engine (new high compression pistons, lightened flywheel and management system boosting power to 220hp), along with improvements to the chassis and suspension. Boasting a deeper front air dam and an additional bootlid spoiler, just 500 numbered examples of the Evolution II were produced. Thanks to its motorsports heritage and place in M-Sport history, the original E30 M3s have been steadily rising in value over the past decade, the best examples eagerly snapped up by collectors around the world and the limited-edition Evolution II variant rarely comes on the market.
Without a doubt, the most successful 'Touring Car' of all time.
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