Classic (non race) Cars
BMW E30 M3 - SOLD
Due to ill health I am forced to sell my much loved E30 M3. This is a car I have owned and modified over several years, although I have always endeavoured to stay true to the ethos of the E30 M3. This is very much a drivers car, yet it remains street legal, and it has been used regularly whilst being meticulously maintained. A full and comprehensive log of my ownership can be found on the motoring forum "Pistonheads" and the story was told in a short film by Petrolicious. I would recommend your taking a few minutes to read the thread and watch the film for yourselves.
Whilst this is a terrific looking car in great condition throughout, it is not a concours show car. It has been driven regularly and although very well maintained, there are obviously going to be age related marks etc comesurate with age and use. The usual E30 rust traps are all good though and detailed pictures can be supplied upon request. I can also arrange a ramp for detailed inspection of the chassis and floor pan etc. I would give the paintwork a solid 8/10 and body condition 9. The sunroof is free from any corrosion and works perfectly, although I seldom used it myself. There are carbon AC Schnitzer door mirrors fitted, along with a Bonrath single wiper and the usual Evo2 spoilers, rubber panel gap infills etc. The personal registration will be removed and an age related plate issued.
The interior of the M3 has been done to a kind of club sport specification. Initially the whole interior was removed and the floor prepped and strengthened for the full Safety Devices roll cage. This is a bolt in cage but was properly fitted and not just for show. The floor pan was then repainted and a carpet fitted to both protect it and make the cabin a little more civilised for the street. A carbon fibre parcel shelf and lightweight door cards were also fitted, with power windows being retained. The dashboard was removed and flocked, along with the centre console. A complete STACK digital dash display was also fitted, with additional fuel gauge and clock. A digital AFR gauge completed a comprehensive set of gauges that allow you to know all relevant parameters, including oil pressure, temperature, coolant temperature, fuel pressure and road speed. The MOMO steering wheel was custom done by Jack Royal and is slightly thicker, in alcantara with M colour stitching on a quick release boss. It may seem a small thing but it's this attention to detail which really makes this a special car to drive. The Samsona shifter gives an excellent, mechanical experience with a short throw that snicks through the gears. The seats are matching Sparco and have Sabelt harnesses. A Group A throttle pedal is also fitted. Original glass windows were retained as I did not want the M3 to be too focussed on being a track car. Whilst there is a great sense of theatre, as you strap yourself in and fire that glorious engine into life, it's still comfortable enough to head off on longer journeys and I've done 400+ miles in a day with ease. There's even a radio! A Blaupunkt Bavaria! (What else?)
The engine really is the jewel of the M3 and this is almost as good as new. In fact, everything bar the block was replaced with new parts, including the crankshaft. The full spec of the engine is available on request and I will list the basics below. Obviously service parts, such as timing chain, tensioner, guides etc were also renewed. As the engine was apart anyway, I figured it made sense to allow it to fulfil some of its potential. As a result I opted for Schrick 276/284 camshafts, lightweight flywheel, Arrow conrods, CP pistons etc. A Motorsport baffled sump (oil pan) and Grp A high pressure oil pump and larger Mocal cooler were also fitted, along with a custom radiator from Rad-Tec, Kenlowe fan and alloy header made sure that the engine stayed cool in all conditions. Power is a reliable 250+ bhp and the rev limit was kept to 8.5k for engine longevity. The throttle bodies were all fully reconditioned and new, uprated injectors fitted. A standalone DTA engine management system and custom plug leads got the best from the engine. The engine bay was also repainted and the cam cover, block etc done also. Basically if it needed doing, it was and the results speak for themselves, as did the final invoice! Rebuilding an S14 isn't cheap! Whilst 250bhp may not sound like much, performance was transformed and it sounds utterly glorious. Oil changes have been done every few thousand miles and around 5000 miles covered since the rebuild. The exhaust is a new Eisenmann race system and sounds terrific. It is also excellent quality.
The Getrag "dogleg" box and LSD (with lower final drive ratio and M coupe rear cover) were both rebuilt within the past couple of years and work perfectly. Competition gearbox mounts are fitted (to aid shift quality with the Samsona shifter) and a new / uprated clutch installed. Suspension is KW Competition (with "true coilover" rear) and H&R uprated ARB's. A front strut brace is also fitted. Wheels are near new Compomotive TH 8x17 ET15 fitted with Nankang's excellent AR-1 semi slick tyres. I may be biased but this has proven to be an excellent wheel and tyre combination. A set of 18" Racing Dynamics alloys & Toyo wet tyres will also be included, along with rally light pod on quick release mounts.
I have no doubt forgotten things but hopefully this gives a hint at the lengths I have gone to in putting this car together. I am really sad to be selling my M3 as it is extremely unlikely that I shall ever own another. As such I hope it goes to a new owner who will cherish and enjoy it as much as I.
I am happy to sell to overseas buyers and can help with the shipping process. Please be aware that the car will NOT be released prior to full cleared payment being received by my bank and my getting their assurance. Car can be delivered anywhere in the U.K. but the same applies.