1986 BMW E30 M3
Stunning in German Racing Silver.
Prepared for carving up the hills.
1986 Homologation car.
The M3 has had accolades hurled at it from every concievable angle, since it's 1986 debut; Great on the open road, a weapon on the race and rally circuit, with a CV that logs up an insane, record breaking amount of wins in the glorious Gp A era. All of this is crammed into an inconspicuous box shaped delight, that sends BMW and Gp A fans into a froth, whenever they see one. If the M3 was built only in numbers to suit the FIA's homologation laws, then they would be eye wateringly expensive, but due to their sales success story, they are still quite achieveable, much like the Gp A equivalent R32 GTR, of which Nissan built 40K +.
The M3 is famously touted as the most "winningest" touring car of all time. I certainly don't disagree with that statement, I would even go so far as to say, that I would wager that it's correct, but, I would love to meet the chap who did the work to come to the conclusion that 1436 victories from 1987 to 1992 makes it the official king. That's a very cool stat', especially when you consider that they were still winning in Group A's various guises in parts of Europe, Japan and Australia, after that 1992 date.
Built for the pure purpose of winning the ETCC, but rushed into production for the 1987 WTCC, the M3 came out swinging from its first race at Monza in 87. Sure, the M3's finishing 1st to 6th all got pinged for running cheater panels, but that's the kind of stuff that makes legends and added the fuel to the fire that was the Beemer Vs FoMoCo battle, for WTCC supremacy. A war was waged all over the planet between these two manufacturer's, with Charlie Lamm's Schnitzer M3's, going hammer and tongs against Ruedi Eggenberger's sinister Texaco Sierra's. The history books show it went down to the wire, with the underdog M3 taking the top step, but only just! BMW knew they were going to have to do something to keep ahead of the brutally fast RS500 Sierra.
The beautiful "Silber Metalic" M3 we have for sale, was delivered new to Japan, back in 1986. I'm sure it would have made quite the impact cruising Tokyo in its hey day. LIttle is known of its time in Japan, but a clean, well loved chassis speaks volumes about careful and enthusiastic ownership. The car arrived in Australia with Tarmac Rally intentions, but after completely sorting her out for tackling Targa Tassie, she never fired a shot in anger! Now showing 156K KM's, the M3 has been turned back into road specification, but with all her upgrades left in place; She is quite the joy to take for a blast through the hills!! Looking sharp, going fast and uniquely optioned, this E30 M3 will make someone very happy, either as a collector piece, or early Sunday morning thrasher.