Item no.: C3829A
60th Anniversary Collection Car No.3 - 1990s, BMW E30 M3, Limited Edition
Tracing its roots back to the popular BMW 3 Series, the BMW E30 M3 was developed by BMW's motorsport division, BMW M. The E30, before BMW M got their hands on it, replaced the E21, making a number of improvements on its predecessor. With its initial release in 1982, the road going car saw a couple of updates before it was replaced by the E36 in 1992. A quite staggering number of E30 road cars were produced, easily beaking the 2,000,000 barrier by the time production was stopped in 1994.
The E30 M3 was based on the 1986 E30, although a number of changes were made to make the car suitable for the track. The body was heavily redesigned with the suspension also being significantly different. The BMW S14 engine was used for the E30 M3, which meant it certainly didn't hang around. The first E30 M3 (2.3 L) boasted almost 200 horsepower and a top speed of 146 mph. These M3s were entered by BMW into races all over the world, both by BMW themselves, but also with private racing teams. The car took wins in the British, German European, Australian and World Touring Car Championships as well as winning the Guia Race, 24 Hours Nurburgring and Spa 24 Hours multiple times. If that racing pedigree wasn't impressibe enough, the M3 also saw time as a rally car with Prodrive between 1987 and 1989.