Best Barn Find Ever: 2 Brand-New BMW E30 M3s

BMW M3 | March 17th, 2010 by 8
deliveryofcars044 750x500 Best Barn Find Ever: 2 Brand New BMW E30 M3s

Our buddy Wes over at Jalopnik got tipped tonight by one their readers on one of the rarest finds in a barn: two BMW E30 …

deliveryofcars044 655x491 Best Barn Find Ever: 2 Brand New BMW E30 M3s

Our buddy Wes over at Jalopnik got tipped tonight by one their readers on one of the rarest finds in a barn: two BMW E30 M3s with only 37 miles, respectively 57 miles on their odometer.

Considered one of the best Ms of all times, the E30 M3 is one of those rare cars that excite even the most experienced car enthusiast. Based on the 1986 model year E30 3-Series, the first M3 was introduced with a 2.3 L I4 S14B23 engine. The engine design was based on various BMW genealogy; basic block layout from the M10 4 cylinder (found in the 2002 and 320 series) overbored and reinforced to similar specifications of the BMW M88 inline-6.

One of the main reasons for production of the road car was to homologate the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing. One of the reasons often cited for its creation was that it was to compete with the “2.3-16V”-model of the Mercedes-Benz W201 190E which was introduced in 1983, although this was only speculative. When the E30 M3 was in its final years of top level competition, the 2.5 liter S14 engine in full race trim was capable of over 340 hp (250 kW) naturally aspirated.

Now imagine this: you’re a car collector and you come across two BMW E30 M3s with almost no mileage on them…..To us, that sounds like a dream you would never want to wake up from.

Along with the the two classic bimmers, the lucky car collector from Swansea, England, also got his hands on Ford RS200, another rare find.

One of the M3’s was sent to a dealer to have all its gaskets, seals and other items that could be suffering from dry rot. Days after, apparently the E30 M3 started without a problem.

We do wonder how much these two M3s are worth at the moment….

We are still collecting more information on how the owner came across these “jewels”, but in the mean time, you can follow this saga on S14.net

Thanks for the tip Octavio!

  • Adam

    Is it really a Barn Find? One collector bought them from the other. The second one bought them 20 years ago as an investment and now wanted to take the money.

    It’s still a great situation, lucky Bonkers that he was able to take them both and add Merc 190 EvoII and Ford RS200 too, but I can’t see Barn Find here.

  • http://www.bmwtime.com jim

    …indeed the best find ever…!!

  • Andrew

    I think the term barn find refers to any cars that have been sitting idle for over a decade or so. Agreed that it probably isn’t a barn find by the traditional sense of the word. Either way, great find for an enthusiast….I wish I had that kind of luck!

    I wonder how bad a shape the engine would be in with a high strung engine sitting idle that long I would worry about how it would handle being cranked up – even after checking it over and replacing seals.

  • Andrei M

    You gotta admit those two look fabulous !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=588340695 Ted Spahr

    I dream about such things… Amazing that the guy who owned them had forgot about them all these years.

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