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Lot 116

2015   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2015

1989 BMW E30 M3 Convertible

SOLD $77,000

Estimate

$80,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

WBSBBO1O602385028

Car Highlights

Rare Convertible Version of the Iconic E30 M3
Believed to Have Traveled Approximately 38,000 Miles from New
European Market Car in a Beautiful Color Combination
Fine Example of German Engineering Excellence
Accompanied by Manuals and Service Receipts

Technical Specs

2,303 CC DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Motronic Electronic Fuel Injection
197 HP at 6,750 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Ventilated Disc Brakes with Servo
Independent Front and Rear Suspension with Coil Springs
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Building on the successes of the earlier 1600, 2002, and E21 coupes, the E30 was a revolutionary model for BMW that brought class-leading performance and style to the masses beginning in 1983.

The decision to race the E30 was an easy one for BMW, given the model’s inherently well-balanced chassis. To qualify the E30 for international competition, homologation was necessary and required the production of a road car that introduced the specialized specification desired by BMW’s motor sport department. The resulting road car was named M3, and introduced significant changes in suspension, power train, and aerodynamics.

This M3 is one of just 786 convertibles built during the model’s production run, and one of very few in the US, due to the model not being sold here new. This particular car reportedly had just two French owners and was purchased from a doctor in Vannes, France, last year. The consignor reports that the car performed very well on a journey from Vannes to the Amalfi Coast that was taken with his son. Once the car was imported stateside it was thoroughly serviced by La Jolla Independent BMW Service to the tune of over $4,000.

With E30 M3s receiving significant recent attention from collectors of all varieties, this opportunity to buy a rare convertible model in the US should not be ignored.