1990 BMW E30 M3



Lot # 145
Seller: HNT Motors
Location: United States
VIN: WBSAK0309LAE33627
Miles: 77,000 Kilometers (48,000 Miles)
Engine: 2.3 liter
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Private/Dealer: Dealer
Category: Classic Sports

The BMW E30 M3 is one of the most iconic and winning race cars in the BMW M car lineup.  It was produced as a true race car that was sold as a homologation special to compete in the DTM and Group A Touring race series, which required a total of 5,000 cars to be built.

This 1990 BMW M3 is a Canadian-market example finished in Brilliant Red over black leather. It was sold new in Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 2017 and was imported to Washington in 2019 and is now in Southern California. It now shows approximately 77,000 kilometers (48,000 miles) and is powered by a 2.3-liter S14 inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Modifications include lowering springs, Koni shocks, 17″ Rotiform wheels, a Supersprint exhaust, a Racing Dynamics front strut tower brace, and a Kenwood stereo head unit.

The Selling dealer does not have a lot of information on the history but it does look and present very well.  Although the Carfax and AutoCheck reports are accident-free at some point the right fender had been replaced and some of the VIN tags are missing.  We think that was a result of the new paint job and does not appear to be as a result of an accident.  Overall, this is a very nice above driver quality car and could be brought to shows and or driven to the track for an occasional track day.  The interior presents very well and the engine bay also looks very good.  Under the car does show its age but nothing that stands out as an issue.

There are fewer and fewer E30’s out in the market and finding a high quality car that can be driven is becoming few and far between.

Please note that this car will not pass CA smog and must be purchased by a out of state buyer or dealer.

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High Bid $56,000 By BMWFan10 (Reserve Not Met)
Auction Ended Oct. 21 at 10:10 am U.S. Pacific.
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Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
BMWFan October 21, 2020 9:49 AM $56,000
GTS25 October 21, 2020 9:47 AM $54,500
BMWFan October 21, 2020 9:44 AM $53,000
Paul o doherty October 21, 2020 9:31 AM $52,000
wheelman11 October 21, 2020 8:53 AM $50,500
BMWFan October 21, 2020 3:07 AM $49,500
wheelman11 October 17, 2020 7:11 PM $49,000
BMWFan October 16, 2020 11:11 AM $46,500
GTS25 October 13, 2020 6:42 PM $43,500
BMWFan October 12, 2020 2:21 PM $42,500
Auction started October 21, 2020 10:09 AM
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Just a FYI, spoke to a sales guy at CNC and the prior owner of this car paid almost 6 figures for it. Seems crazy but these cars keep going up in value so………..

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$56,000 bid placed by BMWFan

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$54,500 bid placed by GTS25

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$53,000 bid placed by BMWFan

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$52,000 bid placed by Paul O Doherty

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$50,500 bid placed by Wheelman11


Anyone know how hard it would be to smog this in CA?

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$49,500 bid placed by BMWFan

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$49,000 bid placed by Wheelman11

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$46,500 bid placed by BMWFan


Interesting, I was following another low mileage E30 on BAT and it did not do very well because of the history of the car, or lack of. This is another very nice car that has some questions that cannot be answered and will affect the ultimate selling price. There is always a reason why fender and or vin tags are not there.


This car was on CNC website a while back and then on BAT where it only hit $51k. Short summary of items that caused low bidding, some vin tags missing and no one could answer why?, pas side has dot fender, cannot get car smog’d in CA, and lastly almost no documentation. I think because of these issues pricing will be low here too. I am not a bidder for this car but wanted to pass along some insight.

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$43,500 bid placed by GTS25

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$42,500 bid placed by BMWFan


Seller do you have any paperwork on why the right fender was replaced?