A desirable homologation BMW E30 M3 Motorsport in original condition.
The E30 M3 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show. Produced at the Milbertshofe factory in Munich with the drivetrain assembled by special teams and the chassis thoroughly reworked by BMW Motorsport in every significant area. The only reason for this iconic vehicles birth was to allow BMW to compete in Group A racing where a minimum of 5000 road going examples had to be built. These vehicles are therefore incredibly similar to the successful competition versions and just 5300 North American AK03 models were produced in total. (Source BMW M Registry).
Limited-slip differential, MacPherson strut front axle with anti-dive and reinforced anti-roll bar, sports tuned suspension, dual ellipsoid headlamps, front air dam, rear air dam, plastic boot lid with rear wing, flared wheel arches, heated side mirrors, heated door locks, heated screen washer nozzles, M3 insignia in grille, black satin chrome finish, M Technic leather sports steering wheel, leather gear knob and gaiter, central locking, power front windows, electric sliding roof, map lights in the rear view mirror, glove box torch, BMW sports seats, contoured rear seats, toolbox in boot lid, oil temperature gauge, M Technic instrument cluster, service interval indicator, outside temperature display, check/control info centre, OBC, cruise control, air conditioning.
This unmolested example is finished in Alpine White II, (Code 218), and retains a bright uniform finish. Attractive from any angle the 12 unique body panels designed to reduce drag are largely free from damage. The Sheet Moulding Composite lightweight bootlid has some touched in marks and scratches and the paint has worn thin in some areas due to years of polishing. The flared wheel arches, large low-slung air dams and extra-wide side sills all help accentuate the dynamic looks. All the correct M3 insignia remains intact and the bumper-mounted side marker lights are still fitted but disconnected. A true icon.
Finished in Natur Bison leather, (Code 0295), the M3 sport seats offer superb body support at all times and show deep veins front and rear. Arched around the driver, the accurate clear instruments, switches and levers are in just the right place and the unique instrument cluster with red needles, an M logo and an oil temperature gauge under the tachometer remind the driver how special this car is. The anthracite headlining and door cards are very clean and carpeting has been protected by genuine BMW carpet mats from new. The chassis tag remains in place on the undamaged dash and the electric windows and sunroof operate smoothly. The BMW glove box torch does not work and the leather wrapped steering wheel with the M tri-colour stripe on the centre spoke shows minor wear. A full BMW tool kit is present along with the optional petrol can in the spare wheel cavity.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
In the heart of this M3 is the compact and high-revving four-cylinder 16-valve S14 engine displacing 2.3 litres and developing 195 BHP at 6750 rpm. Lift up the bonnet and the engine bay greets you with a ‘BMW M Power’ inscription. Originality can be seen throughout with the yellow coloured factory wax and chassis stickers to both front wings still attached. A recent oil service using genuine BMW parts is catalogued and the compulsory E46 timing chain tensioner has been fitted. The timing chain was inspected in 2013 with photos in the history file. The original Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox has been rebuilt with a short shift upgrade.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 15 inch Cross Spoke light alloy wheels have been refurbished and are shod in new branded 205/55 R15 tyres. A twin-circuit brake system with ABS and discs all round have just been overhauled and all parts replaced with genuine BMW items.
This iconic late 1989 AK03 model year example originates from California where it only had two owners before being imported to the UK on the 1st December 2001. The original California plate 2YBZ265 remains with the car. With just two former keepers since entry, the last Mr Maude for 13 years, it has been cherished throughout. A feature in the July 2009 Classic Cars magazine reveals how Mr Maude acquired the vehicle and his enjoyment with it since 2003. This is also supplemented by a hand written historic account. All documentation including the original advert for the car, old MOT certificates and annual servicing records have been retained. Recent expenditure in October 2016 amounting to £1,205 includes a brake overhaul and a service using genuine BMW parts. All handbooks, spare keys and manuals are included along with interesting BMW E30 M3 articles collected over the years. Available due to the recent acquisition of a BMW 1M.
MOT May 2017, HPI Clear.
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