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Own An Icon | 1988 BMW E30 M3

As the struggles of today seem to keep mounting, take a look at this blast from the past from BMW and has become the car guy’s go-to for hidden treasures. Vehicles that would’ve stayed local and under the radar are reaching a worldwide market like never before. The occasional “unicorn” even pops up from time to time. Under normal circumstances, a 1988 BMW E30 M3 doesn’t get the unicorn clout, but this is no normal E30 either.

Flawless Vermillion Red paint, or “Zinnoberrot” in German, naturally draws you to the driveway museum exhibit. Most of the original components from 1988 remain intact and fully functional. The original 2.3L inline four-cylinder engine powers the 5-speed manual Getrag gearbox and a factory limited-slip differential. An OEM Sport Evolution adjustable spoiler replaced the original trunk lip, but the original is included in the sale. Perfect 15” BBS wheels finish off the exterior details, and the factory spare is still there in case of emergencies. The trunk-mounted tool-kit is still there with everything intact.  

The interior has been just as meticulously maintained and cleaned. Luxurious tan leather with black interior trim is tied together with a black M-Tech 1 steering wheel. Possibly the most impressive aspect of the interior is the odometer, though. With 8,099 miles on the clock, this mechanical time capsule is barely broken in. A full and extensive service history, including fluid and valve services, document the nearly unnecessary upkeep of the E30 M3.

While the E30 M3 was introduced in 1985, it didn’t make its way stateside until 1988. A high rev 4-cylinder engine, sport-tuned suspension, and cutting edge aerodynamics made this a perfect car for driving enthusiasts. That feeling of a driver centered experience made this the car to have as the ’80s turned into the ’90s. Examples this pure are difficult to come by, so the $75k offering after just nine days is not surprising at all. If you’ve got a unicorn of your own, you’re on the hunt for, the best place to start.

Photos via BringATrailer

Written by Moustache Johnny

Father, firefighter, author, two wheel enthusiast, a fan of the outdoors and fitness. Forever grateful to be on this journey.


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