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 with improved aerodynamics and box-flared wheel arches on the froth and rear to accommodate a wider track and wider wheels and tyres. Suspension was greatly improved 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 present owner several years ago. He then entrusted the factory to carry out a complete restoration with no expense spared. There are invoices for 127,500 Euros! This incredible journey was documented in a book produced by BMW and since these works were completed last year it has been driven for only 2000 kms. A remarkable opportunity to purchase an iconic late Eighties Sports car in ‘as new’ condition.