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Carmakers all have that one model that’s been talked about since the day it first rolled off the production line, and when it comes to the world of BMW there are actually quite a few models that fit the bill. Out of all the different models that could be “the one”, opinions will differ but a large percentage of BMW fanatics will most certainly list the original BMW M3 as the most iconic. It’s a car that set new standards for a then-modern sportscar, it was faster and sharper and better-looking than just about anything in the same class. From 1986 to 1991 a total of 17,970 models were manufactured, which explains why they’re quite sought-after these days, as you’d expect that number isn’t quite as high anymore either. Having a high-performance, high-revving normally-aspirated 4-cylinder powerplant, sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, a limited-slip diff and some amazing wider aerodynamic bodywork meant it was worlds apart from the regular 325i. There were a variety of different trim levels and special editions, including a cabriolet. One version became the most wanted, the limited edition Sport Evolution, of which only 600 models were manufactured. This one featured an even more powerful engine and some additional performance upgrades making this true driver’s car an even better one. As you’d expect, these ones don’t come up for sale very often, but one has just been listed as part of the M Power Collection that’s going to be on auction with Sotheby’s as part of the Villa Erba 2023 Auction that’s been held every bi-annually since 2011, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. This year it will be held on the weekend of the 19th of May 2023.

The example headed under the hammer is a 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, although it was registered in 1993. There’s nothing dodgy about that though because the car has a verified provenance and also has a full-service history directly with BMW. That’s pretty damn impressive for a car of this age. If you check out the included service book, you’ll see the last service was carried out in May of 2022. This version has been immaculately maintained, and that amazing 4-cylinder powerplant (and the rest of the car) has just over 95 000 km on it - this means it’s had a good life and hasn’t just lived in a garage its whole life. This car;’s building process was completed on 25 January 1990 and delivered to the first buyer via Helm Glöckler of Frankfurt am Main, where a handover inspection was carried out on 18 July 1990. The owner was clearly enthusiastic because the car’s first 2 000 km service took place just one week later. Things slowed down after that, and the following 13 services were carried out over the next 32 years. I guess it’s not surprising to hear that the car spent much of its life in the care of the Schmidt family known because of the DTM Schmidt Motorsport Technik fame, and after them, it was owned by the current seller who’s had the car since 2020 where it was part of the M Power Collection, on 2 December 2020. The car is in Brillantrot and is fully specced and includes air-conditioning, Electronic Damper Control, and an electric sunroof, as well as all the service books and manuals. While it’s likely going to end up as part of another collection, it would be cool to see vids surface of it playing on track a little, that 177 kW / 240 Nm 2.5-litre 4-pot simply needs to be heard at fult tilt.

Take a look at the YouTube video that explains the history of the E30 BMW M3 Sport Evolution and shows off one absolutely stunning example of one that may even be better than the one that's just been listed for sale, but it does belong to BMW so it really should be the best example on the planet: On the road. 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution. | BMW M

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