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Bring a Trailer DTM e30 M3
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Bring a Trailer DTM e30 M3 - December 20, 2012, 01:07 PM

I need one of these some day...

This 1988 BMW M3 is a fully developed race car in the style of the factory DTM cars of the late 80s, and it is claimed that the build cost 26,000 GBP between 2007 and 2011. The details are very well executed from the cage to the graphics to the engine bay, and the car would be perfect for a track day trainer or a BMWCCA club racer. Find this left-hand-drive car here on eBay.UK in Hampshire, England for 35,000 GBP (today ~ $56,500).

There are several ways to get your hands on an E30 M3 track car:

Buy a real DTM car with documented history for three times this price
Buy a tattered street M3 and build a race car, likely for around this price, but giving up a year of your life
Buy an existing race car that can be used as-is
The first option is beyond most budgets, but is the dream scenario. The second is getting more difficult and expensive, as street cars and shop work become more costly. The third is really the best option, but it is rare to find a car in good condition with aesthetics and mechanicals done right. This is one of those rare cars.

The decal package is pretty aggressive for the street (though the seller implies that it can be driven on the street to events), but it is perfect for a track car, and closely mimics the factory cars of 1989. The interior below is nicely modified, but maintains the factory dash shape, an effort that we applaud. Grippy bucket seats, dished steering wheel, and tall shifter make this one look right. The cage also looks nicely executed, with stout door braces.

The seller claims that the engine puts out 275 horsepower, and the engine bay is a far cry from original. The EVO-style air box and aluminum radiator immediately catch the eye. Later 6-cylinder swaps and turbos are easy to fit into this engine bay, but they tend to alter race group entry and diminish long term value of an M3.

Given the left-hand-drive layout, this car seems to be begging for export to Germany or the USA. We wouldn’t mind first wringing it out at a few UK circuits if it could be arranged and it didn’t change the tax liability. The iconic look of these cars will never grow old, especially when done right like this one.

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December 20, 2012, 02:01 PM

I can dig it. The car that re-invented sports sedans.
A little history lesson on the M3 and its rival the Benz 190E.

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