Rare as hen’s teeth BMW M3 Evo II going under the hammer


Only 500 BMW M3 EVO II cars were made making it one of the rarest BMWs on the planet – the auction begins on 29th June.

The BMW M3 dominated touring car racing in the 1980s and while 18,000 M3s were turned out, only 500 M3 EVO II cars left the factory. This makes it one of the rarest and most collectible homologation specials on the planet.

Being auctioned off by TheMarket.co.uk, this example is expected to fetch between £50,000 and £70,000 (or more than double that for Aussie dollars). In a statement announcing the auction, TheMarket boss, Tristan Judge said, “The E30 M3 is a bona fide legend thanks to its stunning looks, relative ease of maintenance, and the fact that it drives every bit as well as its reputation would have you believe”.

This particular car is a 1988 model and number 114 of 500. It was first registered in Germany before being sold and imported into the UK in the 1990s. The current owner purchased the thing 20 years ago, treating it to an engine rebuild by Moseley Motorsport in 2010 as well as a front-end respray and full wheel refurbishment.

Finished in Macau Blue, the iconic 1980s saloon car’s features include a rear spoiler, split-rim BBS alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, brake air-intakes, front splitter and M3 Motorsport Division badges.

The well preserved interior includes the original Buffalo Silver half-leather seats with grey check trim and tricolour ‘M’ badge, ‘M’ steering wheel and gear knob, sliding steel sunroof, sunblind for the rear window, upgraded speakers and the roof-mounted computer that is still labelled in German. The plaque on the centre console shows that this is number 114 of 500 cars made.

Carefully stored for the past eight years, the odometer reads 125,620 miles, with just 3,000 miles covered since the engine rebuild in 2010.

“This is a hugely collectible modern classic thanks to its racing pedigree. These cars rarely come up for sale, and as a ‘no reserve’ auction, this car will definitely sell to the highest bidder, which makes for an especially exciting auction to take part in or follow online,” said Tristan.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.