Lot 125

2018   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2018

1988 BMW M3

SOLD $137,500


$160,000 - $180,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

An Outstanding Example of BMW’s E30-Series M3
One Owner Through 2017
Less than 9,400 Original Miles
Accompanied by Factory Manuals, Tools, and Window Sticker
Exceedingly Original and Recently Serviced

Technical Specs

2,302 CC DOHC S14 Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
192 BHP at 6,750 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS
Front Independent Suspension with MacPherson Struts
Rear Independent Semi-Trailing-Arm Suspension
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On July 10, 1987, this superb BMW E30 M3 was delivered new to the BMW dealership in Danvers, Massachusetts, in Diamond Black Metallic paint with a Pearl Beige Leather interior. It was sold to Paul Silva of Marblehead, Massachusetts, the first and only owner until the consignor purchased it in 2017. Recently serviced and strikingly original, the M3 shows fewer than 9,400 miles on the odometer.

The M3 was built as the high-performance edition of the popular 3 Series, constructed by the in-house motor sports division, BMW M GmbH, and was launched with a 2.3-liter normally aspirated 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine, capable of a top speed of 146 mph. With its five-speed manual gearbox, disc brakes with ABS, factory sport suspension, and limited-slip differential, the E30 M3 has received critical acclaim. The ultra-sporty aesthetic features BMW cross-spoke light-alloy 15" wheels and redesigned body panels with an aggressive air dam and rear wing. Just 5,300 examples of the E30 M3 – the first BMW 3 Series to wear the “M” moniker – were built for the US market.

Accompanied by a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, the original owner’s manual, spare keys, showroom brochure, maintenance book, and the factory window sticker from 1988, this outstanding example was recently serviced by BMW specialist European Auto Solutions of Waltham, Massachusetts. This ultra-low-mileage M3 is superbly situated to be enjoyed on the road or exhibited as an exceptional example of the highly regarded E30 M3.