An incredible, unmolested one UK registered BMW E30 M3 320is with only 45,141 documented miles.
Exclusively produced for the Italian and Portuguese markets the 320is was manufactured by BMW Motorsport to take advantage of the reduced taxes in those countries for cars that displace two litres or less. It is powered by the same four cylinder S14 engine but produces 192bhp at 6900rpm opposed to 200bhp at 6750rpm for the regular M3. Only 2542 units were produced compared to 18204 units of all M3 variants. (Source BMW M Registry).
Curved dual exhaust tips, complete M-Technic II aero package, shadowline window trim, front airdam, tachometer with integrated oil temperature gauge, power mirrors, central locking, power front windows, map lights in the rear view mirror, three-spoke alcantara-wrapped M-Technic steering wheel, leather shift knob, air conditioning, interior headlight adjustment, digital clock with outside temperature display, on-board computer, rear sunshade, leather upholstery.
This stunning example is finished in Brilliant Red, (Paint Code 308), and retains the factory finish and deep gloss of a pampered, garaged car. The front airdam was painted in September 2009 due to the owners quest for perfection. One microscopic mark is evident on the rear bumper and O/S/F door edge. There is no colour fade but a tiny ding can be seen on the O/S/R panel and a touched in mark on the N/S/R wheel arch. This example really is a show winner.
A truly amazing E30 interior with no wear or damage. The optional Black Leather is soft, supportive and has no scuffs or creases. All the carpets have been protected by genuine BMW velour mats from new which themselves are clean and wear free. All the dials, vast array of gauges, computers and controls are functioning with accuracy and quality. A colour coded Sony stereo has been fitted and navigation disc. The anthracite headlining is tight. Simply stunning.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A must drive for all car enthusiasts. This high revving S14 engine produces 192bhp, just 8bhp down on a regular M3. It has a four-valve head, individual throttle plates for each cylinder, machined intake and exhaust ports and a crankshaft with eight counterweights for smooth power delivery. Lift up the bonnet and the clean engine bay has an identical appearance to the unit found in the E30 M3 with the ‘BMW M Power’ inscription on its cam cover. A five speed manual close-ratio Getrag transmission with a dogleg shift pattern is a delight to use and again identical to a regular E30 M3.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
15-inch cross-spoke and bolted polished chrome wheels have a mirror shine but tiny blemishes can be seen. All shod in quality tyres. The 260mm vented disc brakes in the front 260mm solid disc brakes in the rear keep the cars performance safely under control.
Manufactured in May 1990, (the final year of all E30 M3 production), this car was registered on the 21 June 1990 to the first of its two Italian owners. Kept within the Italian BMW Main Dealer Network with a full complement of service stamps up until 34,725 miles when it was imported in 2004 by a reputable company. Sold to the only UK owner, Mr Jefferies, the vehicle has now covered just 45,141 miles and has been maintained annually under his careful ownership.
Presented with all handbooks including; Stamped Libretto Di Servizo, (Service Book), Uso E Manutenzione, (Owners Manual), BMW Italia Identity Card and BMW Service Dealer Network Booklet.
A Thatcham Category 1 Alarm and Immobiliser has been installed and two original keys are included.
The vehicle is HPi clear, recently serviced with 5 green lights on the service interval indicator and has 12 months MOT.
A unique opportunity for the discerning BMW Motorsport enthusiast wanting an original, unmodified low mileage example for the exclusive collection.Back to Showroom