The M3 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1985 with deliveries of this exclusively left-hand drive model commencing a little over one year later. Magazine road tests were soon reporting top speeds of circa 140mph (225km/h) and a 0-60mph (0-97km/h) time of around 7 seconds, highly respectable figures even by today’s standards.
Although it looked pretty much like a standard E30 3-Series from a distance, the M3 shared only the bonnet with its less-exotic sibling. The most obvious difference was the wider front and rear wings while only the most observant would have noticed the more steeply raked rear window and raised boot, changes made in the interests of aerodynamic efficiency. Necessary chassis improvements included lowered and stiffened suspension, wider wheels, five-stud hubs, ventilated front brake discs, ABS and a limited-slip differential as standard. The gearbox was a five-speed close-ratio Getrag.
This German delivered example has always remained in Germany and resultantly is offered with a current TUV as well as previous certificates. In the true nature of its recent fastidious German ownership, the car has had a vast amount of money spent on it to ensure that it is mechanically sound and as fun to drive today as it was the day it left the factory.
Owed by its previous owner since 2006, this legendary car from the 80’s has been well looked after and maintained, and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. Numerous photos of the car including its underside are available upon request.