Lot 283 - 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution (Evo III)
|Odometer reading||251,045 km|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £80,000|
|Result||Sold - £78,400|
The BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the 3-Series developed by BMW's in-house motorsport division and completely set the world alight in terms of performance. Upgrades over the standard 3-Series include more powerful and responsive engines, improved handling/suspension/braking systems, aerodynamic body enhancements, lightweight components, and interior/exterior accents with the famous tri-colour 'M' (Motorsport) emblem. Interestingly, the BMW M3 remains the only car ever to have earned more titles than the venerated Porsche 911 in Motorsport. The production of the E30 road car was to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing. 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 next generation E30 M3 or 'Evolution' model (also called Evo II was the closest road experience to a 'Group A' racing-car in 1988. The 'Evo II' had many differences compared to a normal specification M3. The engine itself received a slight increase in power thanks to a new camshaft, pistons and intake system. To lighten the car, the flywheel, boot lid, windows and bumpers were reduced in weight. Later, the limited edition 'Sport Evolution' model (referred as Evo III) increased engine displacement to 2.5 litre and had enlarged front bumper openings and an adjustable multi-position front splitter and rear wing. Brake cooling ducts were also installed in place of front foglights. The cars themselves were very different with unique body panels for the purposes of improving aerodynamics, increased caster angle through major front suspension changes and aluminium control arms. They had special front and rear brake callipers and rotors. It also has a special brake master cylinder and a Getrag 265 five-speed gearbox with limited-slip differentials.
This superb example represents one of just 600 Sport Evolutions built and thus hugely collectable. All were lefthand drive and options were limited. Interiors were either cloth or leather although the cloth is considered more desirable as it reduces weight. Originally an Italian car, it was imported into the UK in 2005 where is has been looked after by the subsequent two owners. Much care has been expended in recent years including a top-end rebuild in 2010 and, more recently, a new exhaust and brake-discs and pads. Items that normally get lost over time appear here in excellent condition such as the original parcel shelf and speakers and the whole car has been sympathetically but beautifully restored. A history file is included as well as a full service and MoT test certificate. Given prices asked for over the internet for good examples, this represents extremely good value indeed.
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