In 1983 Nelson Piquet won the Formula 1 championship in a Brabham powered by a BMW engine. The engine's designer Paul Rosche was told by BMW's CEO that 'we need a sporty engine for the 3 series.' This fabulous, four cylinder motor was to become the heart of the M3. The production of the celebrated E30 road car was to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing and was campaigned successfully by BMW as well as other teams including Prodrive and Schnitzer.
Built between 1987 and 1990, the M3 was supplied in various guises for both the European and US market. Equipped with 12 different and unique panels from the standard E30. Improved aerodynamics were afforded by an additional trim piece that reduced the angle of the rear windscreen and box-flared wheel arches on the front and rear to accommodate a wider track and wider wheels and tyres. Suspension was greatly improved too and the brakes had special callipers and a revised master cylinder.
This model was completed in 1987 and provided much enjoyment until acquired by its previous owner several years ago. In 2013 the car was returned to the factory to carry out the most comprehensive restoration. Stripped back to bare metal with each and every component singled out and either restored or replaced. A restoration carried out with absolutely no expense spared. There are invoices in the history file totalling 127,500 Euros!
This incredible journey was documented in a book produced by BMW and signed by those who worked on the car. Since these works were completed, the car has covered just 3,600 kms. A remarkable opportunity to purchase an iconic late Eighties Sports car in 'as new' condition. This must surely be the only one available that has had a restoration to this level. This stunning E30 is available to view immediately at our showrooms just outside London.