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A stunning homologation BMW E30 M3 Motorsport with just 28,634 miles.
The E30 M3 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show. Produced at the Milbertshofe factory in Munich with the drivetrain assembled by special teams and the chassis thoroughly reworked by BMW Motorsport in every significant area. The only reason for this iconic vehicles birth was to allow BMW to compete in Group A racing where a minimum of 5000 road going examples had to be built. These vehicles are therefore incredibly similar to the successful competition versions and just 5300 North American AK03 models were produced in total. (Source BMW M Registry).
Limited-slip differential, MacPherson strut front axle with anti-dive and reinforced anti-roll bar, sports tuned suspension, dual ellipsoid headlamps, front air dam, rear air dam, plastic boot lid with rear wing, flared wheel arches, heated side mirrors, heated door locks, heated screen washer nozzles, M3 insignia in grille, black satin chrome finish, M Technic leather sports steering wheel, leather gear knob and gaiter, central locking, power front windows, electric sliding roof, opening rear quarter windows, map lights in the rear view mirror, glove box torch, BMW sports seats, contoured rear seats, toolbox in boot lid, oil temperature gauge, M Technic instrument cluster, service interval indicator, outside temperature display, check/control info centre, OBC II, cruise control, air conditioning.
This fantastic example is finished in Zinnobar Red, (Code 138), and retains an amazing gloss finish. Attractive from any angle the 12 unique body panels designed to reduce drag are virtually free from damage and reflect the cossetted low mileage ownership. The Sheet Moulding Composite lightweight bootlid is perfect and the plastic extra wide side-sills show slight markings and fade due to the first paint credentials. The flared wheel arches, large low-slung air dams and extra-wide side sills all help accentuate the dynamic looks. The glass to the Bosch ellispoid headlights have lost a little clarity. All the correct M3 insignia remains intact and the bumper-mounted side marker lights are still fitted. A true icon in a rare unmolested condition.
Finished in Natur Bison leather, (Code 0295), the M3 sport seats offer superb body support at all times and are near factory perfect thanks to the low miles covered. Arched around the driver, the accurate clear instruments, switches and levers are in just the right place and the unique instrument cluster with red needles, an M logo and an oil temperature gauge under the tachometer remind the driver how special this car is. The anthracite headlining and door cards are spotless and carpeting has been protected by genuine BMW carpet mats from new. The chassis tag remains in place on the undamaged dash and the electric windows and sunroof operate smoothly. The BMW glove box torch is present but amazingly so are the genuine chassis stickers often lost on the first wash. The boot is immaculate and a full BMW tool kit is present. Near new perfection.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
In the heart of this M3 is the compact and high-revving four-cylinder 16-valve S14 engine displacing 2.3 litres and developing 195 BHP at 6750 rpm. Lifting up the bonnet will reveal show winning detail and cleanliness desired by exhibitionists with all originality retained throughout such as the yellow coloured factory wax and chassis stickers to both front wings. The original Getrag 265 five-speed manual gearbox is precise and a delight to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 15 inch Cross Spoke light alloy wheels are included with the car shod in 205/55 R15 tyres. Fitted are genuine BMW BBS 17 inch Cross Spoke light alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot 215/40 ZR17 front and 245/35 ZR17 rear tyres. A twin-circuit brake system with ABS and swing-caliper discs, ventilated at the front bring the car to an assured confidence inspiring holt.
This iconic AK03 model was produced on the 17th October 1988 for the North American Market and was quickly snapped up by a Japanese collector frustrated that all 395 examples destined for this market sold out. Remaining in his cossetted ownership until January 2014 a substantial bundle of service documentation exists despite the low miles covered. Australian classic car dealer, Martin Bukkos of Mansle Pty Ltd sourced the vehicle who subsequently sold it to our UK collector, Mr Gary Sears. Mr Sears wanted the best, lowest mileage BMW E30 M3 available and his worldwide efforts and expense fortunately resulted in this wonderful car coming to the UK in August 2014 whereby all duties were paid and the car UK registered. Now made available for a fortunate second UK owner due to Mr Sears expanding his rare classic Ford collection which is his true passion. All handbooks and M3 supplements remain and the history file is neatly contained in a smart presentation case.
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