1988 BMW M3 E30

Auction sold at $65,000


Lot # 218
Seller: tygr frank
Location: Torrance, CA
VIN: WBSAK0300J2195476
Miles: 188,000
Engine: 2.5L I-4
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Private/Dealer: Private
Category: Classic Sports

The E30 M3 became the most successful touring car ever produced. The BMW E30 M3 is an iconic, beautiful, and legendary machine that is considered one of the most engaging street and or race cars ever produced. Although they were only a inline 4 cylinder, the iconic S14 2.3 liter motor, the almost perfect weigh distribution and handling made this car into a fun and engaging car. It was definitely not a street light racer with only 190 hp but when you were on a twisting road or a track just watch out. It came from the factory with M3-specific bodywork including widened fenders, special bumper covers, a taller trunk lid with a spoiler, and distinct C-pillars that were different than a standard E30.

This E30 M3 has been finished in Hennarot red over a black leather interior and is mostly original paint with an original interior. This car will not be for the collector but rather, a BMW enthusiast that wants to drive something unique and somewhat rare. The chassis has over 188K miles but the engine has been rebuilt from the original 2.3 to a 2.5 motor, with ported cylinder heads, lightweight flywheel, and an M5 oil cooler. In 2020 the car received new tires as well as an oil leak repair and the A/C system was serviced in 2021. The seller has noted that this M3 has long-term registration in California and passed California emissions test in January 2021.  Additional work which any E30 M3 enthusiast will note includes;

-Oil pan baffle

-Finned dif cover

-Stromung cat-back exhaust system

-Alpha-N management system

-Ireland Engineering springs

-Bilstein shocks

-Dinan sway bars

-Evo steering wheel

-16’ BBS RK wheels (original restored wheels come with the sale)

All of this adds up to the “right” mods for a very solid car that any enthusiast will love to drive and enjoy.  Don’t miss out on this one.

Auction Result

High Bid $65,000 By Hellrot4
Auction Ended Dec. 13 at 11:04 am U.S. Pacific.
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Highest bidder was: E3002

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
E3002 December 13, 2021 8:55 AM $63,500
JohnB December 12, 2021 2:44 PM $62,500
Fizzyone December 11, 2021 2:52 PM $60,000
BMWFan December 11, 2021 2:39 PM $55,000
Auction started December 1, 2021 4:13 PM
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Thanks Guys… I’m so excited. I waited 8 years to buy an E30 M3. I put it off when my kids were born due to funds… but now shes coming home.


Congrats Hellrot. Way to swoop in and take this one away. These are great cars and this one was set up exactly how it should for fun driving. Enjoy!!!

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Auction purchased by Hellrot at USD $65,000

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$63,500 bid placed by E3002


Appreciate the update and still looking forward to winning!

HNT Motors

Please note that we had someone test drive drive the car today and had the radiator neck break. That said we will need our mechanic to repair and as such it will most likely be post auction, but will be done at our cost. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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$62,500 bid placed by JohnB

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$60,000 bid placed by Fizzyone

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$55,000 bid placed by BMWFan


Just stumbled onto this site, looking at the 308 GT4, and very cool cars. These E30’s are great track cars and it looks like this has been enjoyed with the right parts added. Not a buyer but someone will get a fun car.


Nice to see a car you can buy and drive and not worry about the miles. Great looking E30 and I love Henna Red, rare color for those who don’t know.


Absolutely one of the best BMW’s ever built. If you have not driven one of these on the track they are very special and will never be duplicated. I am bidding on the M2 but going to watch this one also.

HNT Motors

BMWFan, the car is currently in with our mechanic and he is going through everything. Upon close of auction and sale the car will be turned over with everything working and all service items done. It looks and drives very nice and the 2.5 and suspension work really makes this car go.


Seller, can you confirm everything is working on the car?


These are really coming up in value and it is also nice to see a driver that can be taken to the track and enjoyed the way they were designed. GLWTA


These are amazing cars on the track, not too fast on the street but still fun. High revving engines and with the 2.5 it should go hard to 7500 RPM’s.


Nice to see something that can be driven and enjoyed. This should be fun on the track too!