The Details

BMW E30 M3




  • Mileage: 74,881
  • Year: 1989
  • MOT Expiry: October 2022
  • Exterior Colour: Cinnabar Red
  • Interior Colour: Silver Uberkaro Cloth
  • Top speed: 146
  • 0-60mph: 6.5
  • BHP: 197
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Dogleg Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 2302cc
  • Engine Configuration: Inline 4

Model History

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 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 (5,000 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.


Cinnabar Red paintwork, Silver Uberkaro cloth, 5-speed dogleg manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, Electric sunroof, Electric windows, Electric door mirrors, On-board computer, BMW cassette radio, Cassette storage, Front fog lights, Fire extinguisher, Alloy spare wheel, BMW toolkit.


This has to be one of the cleanest, most original E30 M3s we’ve ever had the pleasure of selling here at 4 Star. Beautifully finished in sublime Cinnabar Red – surely one of the best M3 colours – the rich paintwork remains in simply stunning condition all round. Even on close inspection there are very few blemishes to speak of, the only real imperfections to report being some expected light chips towards the front end. The remainder of the body is factory-fresh with even panel gaps, pristine rubber trims, immaculate badging, and absolutely no corrosion in any of the common E30 weak spots. A true collector’s piece, in outstanding show condition.



Open the door and you’re still greeted by that new car smell. Original interiors of this age and in this condition do not come around often. The bolsters show no signs of any wear, the stunning pale Uberkaro cloth appearing almost as new throughout. Glancing across the driver-focused dash you’ll find a superb finish to every component. Everything feels reassuringly solid to operate, and everything works just as it should. Commonly worn items like the steering wheel and gear knob retain a great finish with only a few light marks to note, and the carpets are still protected in the footwells by the original tailored overmats. The boot area is extremely clean and still present with the complete BMW toolkit and alloy spare wheel.


The E30 M3’s S14 engine was designed for racing applications and was, therefore, compact and high-revving. Special features included individual throttle plates for each cylinder, machined intake and exhaust ports, and a crankshaft with eight counterweights. The engine bay of this example – an EU-spec non-cat 200ps car – is exceptionally clean throughout, it looks like new! Everything appears factory-fresh with no signs of any corrosion, damage, or wear to report. All in all, a real treat for the enthusiast.

The current owner purchased the car way back in 2001 and has cherished it ever since. Reading through accompanying the history file it’s clear that this one has always been maintained to the highest standard and, aside from one service carried out in 2000 by an independent BMW specialist, it always been serviced within of the BMW main dealer network! Out on the road it’s as tight as a drum to drive; the engine is as smooth as ever and the dogleg ‘box really is a joy to operate.


The M3 sits on a perfect, unmarked set of 16-inch cross-spoke alloy wheels, as fitted brand new at BMW in 2016. Fresh Yokohama rubber was fitted all round at the same time, the tyres having seen little over 2k miles of use since then. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, effortlessly bringing the car to a stop quickly and in a straight line. 

History File

This surely unrepeatable example in rare Cinnabar Red was first registered in June 1989. An EU-spec non-cat 200ps car, it was originally supplied in Munich, Germany, and has now driven only 74,881 miles (120,510km) from new. It remained in Germany before being brought into the UK in 1999 where it has lived a sheltered life under the same fastidious ownership since 2001. Aside from one service carried out by a specialist in 2000 the car has, quite amazingly, only ever been serviced within the BMW main dealer network (including its time in Germany). The last service was carried out at Harry Fairbairn BMW in February 2022.

Within the History File the lucky new owner will be presented with the complete and original BMW document wallet with all owner’s manuals, exactly as it was supplied to the first keeper. The original service booklet is of course on hand and is stamped up to date with the entries detailed below. Every UK MOT certificate is present, further verifying the car’s low mileage, the remainder of the paperwork comprising a thick raft of BMW invoices meticulously detailing all the work that has been carried out since its arrival in the UK.

21/09/1989 at 2,340km / 1,454 miles – Running-in inspection – BMW
06/06/1991 at 5,724km / 3,557 miles – Oil service – BMW
03/06/1993 at 19,926km / 12,381 miles – Inspection I – BMW
30/07/1996 at 38,530km / 23,941 miles – Oil service – BMW
28/07/2000 at 91,760km / 57,017 miles – Inspection II – Specialist
03/04/2001 at 100,255km / 62,296 miles – Inspection II – BMW
07/08/2004 at 108,088km / 67,163 miles – Oil service – BMW
28/04/2007 at 110,485km / 68,652 miles – Inspection II – BMW
18/04/2009 at 113,496km / 70,523 miles – Oil service – BMW
26/02/2011 at 114,279km / 71,010 miles – Oil service – BMW
16/08/2014 at 115,262km / 71,620 miles – Oil service – BMW
21/12/2015 at 116,043km / 72,106 miles – Inspection II – BMW
03/10/2017 at 117,576km / 73,058 miles – Oil service – BMW
13/01/2020 at 118,703km / 73,759 miles – Inspection I – BMW
25/02/2022 at 119,632km / 74,336 miles – Oil service – BMW

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