1988 BMW M3E30 M3 Cabrio - Fully restored
Year of manufacture8/1988
Mileage81 km / 51 mi
Car typeConvertible / Roadster
Exterior brand colourMacaoblue Metallic (250)
Interior brand colourAnthrazit (0304)
Number of doors2
Number of seats4
Performance215 BHP / 218 PS / 161 kW
About this Collectable
The E30 M3 is without a doubt one of the most legendary models in BMW history. The M3 brought the DTM feeling to the open road in the 1980s. This example also adds the experience of open driving. This is the very rare and highly sought after Cabriolet version of this model, of which only 786 were built. This car is originally delivered in The Netherlands and more importantly, was recently completely restored by BMW Classic, including an engine and gearbox revision.
The regular E30 M3 is a car that doesn't need an introduction. It is an iconic homologation special, derived from the racing version that would go on te be extremely successful. If the M from Motorsport applies to one BMW, it's the E30 M3. The legendary status of this car combined with the fact that only 18.000 were built, makes the E30 M3 a real collector's item.
With 17.970 built, the E30 M3 is by far the rarest generation of the M3. However, it can get a lot more exclusive: BMW built only 786 examples of the convertible. Talk about a Collectable! This car is not only extremely rare, the fact that it is an open version of a DTM homologation special also makes the car unique in its kind.
The moment you want to drive away, you immediately notice the roots of this car, because you are dealing with a dogleg gearbox. The advantage is that the second and third gear are now directly opposite each other. Designed for the track, just as much fun on that great mountain pass.
Since the Cabriolet does not have the rear spoiler, it has a more stylish look than the closed E30 M3. The Covnertible does have the characteristic flared wheel arches as well as the modified front and rear bumpers, making it clear that this is not just any 3 Series Cabriolet. The colour Macao Blue Metallic (which was not available on the regular M3) fits this car perfectly. The rims may not be original, but they are period correct Alpina rims that certainly suit the E30 M3 very well.
This example dates from 1988 and was originally delivered in the Netherlands. When the current owner bought the car, it was fitted with an S38 six-cylinder engine and a gearbox from the E34 M5. This has been replaced by BMW Classic with an original E30 M3 block with 215 hp and an original gearbox. Both the engine and the gearbox have been revised and the car has also undergone a thorough restoration. To give you an idea: this operation took three years and cost over €85,000. However, the result is impressive. Below you can find a very extensive (but still not complete) list of the work that has been carried out.
If you're looking for an E30 M3 Convertible to actually enjoy on the road, look no further.
This car is equipped from factory with:
S354A Windscreen green tinted
S384 Softtop blue
S423A Floor mat velour
S428A Warning triangle and first aid kit
S663 Radio BMW Professional
S690A Cassette Holder
The car is fitted with Alpina rims. And as stated before, has been completely restored at BMW Classic (see 'Service history').
The car is in mint condition thanks to the recent restoration, but it's also being driven. There are only some small signs of wear, as can be seen in the photos:
Minimal rim damage left and right rear
Small scratch on the front bumper under the right headlight
The car underwent a full restoration at BMW Group Classic in Munich from 2018 to 2020. The total cost of this restoration is €86,358.25 (excluding the parts supplied by the owner, including an original E30 M3 engine and gearbox).
The most important points from the recent maintenance history are:
June 10, 2021 - 80.030 km - BMW Dusseldorp: front and rear brake discs replaced + front right door actuator replaced + engine oil change - €1,786.69
2018 to 2020 - 79.069 km - BMW Group Classic: full restoration (including M5 engine (S38) replaced by original M3 engine (S14), M5 gearbox replaced by original M3 gearbox, engine and gearbox overhauled) - € 86.358.25
Below is an (incomplete) list of the work performed at BMW Classic:
M5 engine and gearbox disassembled - supplied M3 engine and gearbox installed
Supplied M3 engine overhauled
Shift shaft renewed
Brake hoses renewed
Oil cooler including pipes overhauled and converted to original
Cardan shaft replaced
Rear axle drive overhauled and mounted
Middle mufflers renewed
Replace air conditioning lines, condenser, filter dryer, fan and compressor
Heating unit disassembled, cleaned, new seals made, assembled and installed in the vehicle
Fog lights replaced
Bonnet supports replaced
Gas struts trunk lid replaced
Front bumper rubber lip replaced
Convertible top renewed
Steering wheel replaced
Underside of steering column renewed
Shift knob replaced
Front and rear seats cleaned
Temperature display/on-board computer replaced
Lower front cover renewed
BMW Casette radio installed
Defective cables and plugs in the interior replaced
Smart repair of paint damage at transition between body and boot lid on the left
Vertical seal of the triangular window in the driver's door renewed
Check Control installed
Left and right air ducts replaced
Footwell ventilation control repaired
Rust at the underside of the sill left and right removed
Rust removed on the left underside plate on the driver's side
Rust left side removed
Cardan tunnel and bulkhead repaired and rust removed
Underside dry ice blasted
Engine compartment, wheel arches and cardan tunnel painted
Sound and heat insulation in engine compartment and floor mounted
Wiring harness in the engine compartment repaired, defective plugs replaced, re-insulated pipes, and ABS sensors replaced
Nozzles, hoses, check valves and reservoirs for windshield washer and headlight cleaning systems replaced
Check thecollectables.nl to see the photos of invoices and photos taken at BMW Classic. The full BMW Classic invoices (70 pages in total) are available on request.
Included with sale
Invoices from BMW Classic (70 pages)
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