The Details

BMW E30 M3




  • Mileage: 95,679
  • Year: 1990
  • MOT Expiry: July 2019
  • Exterior Colour: Brilliant Red
  • Interior Colour: Black Leather Recaro
  • Top speed: 149
  • 0-60mph: 6.7
  • BHP: 215
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Dogleg Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 2302cc
  • Engine Configuration: 4 In-line

Model History

he 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 racecar 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-roll bar 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 to the car to increase body stiffness!

As time progressed the Touring Car Championship rules and regulations changed and therefore so did the M3 by receiving mechanical and aerodynamic updates. This resulted in special editions to homologate the changes.


16-inch cross-spoke light-alloy wheels (289), Green stripe windscreen (354), Electric tilt/slide sunroof (401), Electric front windows (410), Warning triangle (428), Recaro front seats (485), England version (812), PAS, electrically operated door mirrors, Boot spoiler, Central locking, Blaupunkt cassette radio, BMW toolkit, BMW torch, BMW first aid kit, Spare wheel, Fire extinguisher, BMW Emergency key.


The Brilliant Red paintwork displays a deep glassy shine under our studio lights. The gleaming bodywork is excellent throughout with very few chips or blemishes to be found. There is no bubbling or corrosion around any of the usual problem areas such as the sills, sunroof, and arches. All black plastic trim and grilles are in super condition and retain their original black finish, with no marks to report.


True to its race origins this example is suitably spec'd with the optional Recaro sports seats. Once inside, the black leather feels supple yet supportive, with no sagging to the bases or bolsters. The upholstery is free from any substantial wear and is original throughout having never been re-trimmed or re-connolised. The original Blaupunkt cassette radio is also present and correct.


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.


The M3 sits on the striking 16-inch wheel option that fills those famous box arches perfectly. All four alloys have just been refurbished to the highest standard and now present immaculately. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Pirelli directional tyres.

History File

The car was first registered in August 1990. It was supplied new by Coombs of Guildford and has had just three keepers in total, remaining within the same family since 1993. The history file is complete with the original BMW document holder, all the dealer-supplied manuals, and a raft of invoices dating back to when the car was new. The service history is stamped to the current mileage and is BMW main dealer from start to finish. The maintenance has always been carried out in the correct order, as below:

Delivery miles - Pre-delivery inspection - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
1,075 miles - Running-in inspection - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
5,224 miles - Oil service - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
10,833 miles - Inspection I - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
16,132 miles - Oil service - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
22,533 miles - Inspection II - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
26,731 miles - Oil service - Coombs of Guildford Ltd. BMW
37,361 miles - Inspection I - Cronk of Chipstead BMW
45,162 miles - Oil service - Cronk of Chipstead BMW
51,910 miles - Inspection II - Cronk of Chipstead BMW
60,007 miles - Oil service - Cronk of Chipstead BMW
66,537 miles - Inspection I - Cronk of Banstead BMW
73,924 miles - Oil service - Cronk of Banstead BMW
81,313 miles - Inspection II - L & C Banstead BMW
87,496 miles - Oil service - L & C Banstead BMW
93,670 miles - Inspection I - Cooper Banstead BMW

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