How to buy an old BMW M3
The new one is fantastic, but what if you want a classic M3? Here’s TG’s guide
Posted: 13 May 2014
BMW M3: E30
The one that sets every M-Division fanboy's adenoids to ‘stun': the first ever BMW M3. It appeared after then BMW CEO Eberhard Kuenheim wanted "a sporty engine for the 3-Series". BMW also wanted to go racing, and needed to build 5,000 units in order to tackle touring cars.
And you don't need us to remind you that this little E30 was really rather excellent at doing the touring car thing. The road-going production version as equally excellent: a lissome 1200kg kerbweight, a 2.3-litre four cylinder engine with 200bhp, a 0-62mph of 6.7 seconds and rear-wheel-drive.