This 1989 BMW M3 Cabrio is one of the finer examples of only 786 cars built between years 1988 and 1991. Given that this model was never offered by BMW in North America there are fewer than a dozen (including this one) known to exist in the USA as per the BMW M Registry.
Because of its low production volume, the E30 M3 convertible was assembled by hand at BMW M's Garching facility, much like the E28 and E34 M5s. Bodies were supplied from the normal E30 M3 assembly line, then fitted at Garching with the special drivetrain, chassis and interior.
There were three versions of the E30 M3 convertible, all in left-hand drive and all built to European specification. Cars produced in 1988 and 1989 use the standard 2.3-liter S14 engine in either non-catalyst (200 hp) or catalyst (195 hp) form. After nearly a year out of production, a second batch of catalyst-equipped cars was assembled starting in March, 1990. These have the later 215-hp version of the S14 engine. http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=9 http://www.bmwmregistry.com/models.php?id=22
This particular car has been imported to United States from the United Kingdom in 2008, federalized and subsequently returned to Euro OEM specs. The car has a clean US title and has never been in an accident. It comes with BMW Classic Division confirmation and service records going back to mid 1990s as well as the clean US Carfax and the UK HPI check.
This car has been originally delivered to the BMW (UK) Ltd, Bracknell, Berkshire, in July 1989. It is an example of the English/Irish series, which came with MPH (rather than km/h) speedometer, English language labels and sounds and side markers on front fenders.
The vehicle comes with 16 inch BBS wheels, the hydraulic (rather than electric) convertible top mechanism, dog-leg 5-speed manual transmission, heated front seats, BMW Bavaria C Business radio, headlight washing system, model specific full leather interior (including center console) and board computer II. There is no AC in this car. The AC option was not often chosen in English/Irish Cabrios as even in the warmest part of the summer there is no need for cooling. This helps the car performance, as there is no power drag by the AC compressor.
The seller believes he is the third owner of the vehicle, which has currently 66,800 original miles on the odometer. The exterior color is Diamond Black Metallic (Diamantschwartz) and interior is tan leather (Natur). The car is in perfect operational and cosmetic condition as a result of significant reconditioning effort including the drivetrain, body and the interior.
Gaskets, seals, hoses, wires, cables and numerous soft parts have been replaced. New steering rack, control arms, radiator, brakes, timing chain tensioner, engine mounts, struts, blower motor, hydraulic lines are just a part of the list of items replaced. The spare-no-expense paint job was completed in 2011 at a body shop known for a high quality work on classic and collectible cars. This included a full strip of the previous paintwork and ensured that there were no hidden rust or old repair work problems.
The unique E30 M3 Cabrio leather interior has been re-dyed and reconditioned in 2010. The OEM soft tops are no longer available hence the new convertible top was manufactured from the best German materials by Gahh Automotive.