Is this BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution worth $150,000?

BMW M3 | February 7th, 2016 by 15
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We all know of the E30 BMW M3. It’s the most iconic BMW of all time and considered to be the best BMW of all …

We all know of the E30 BMW M3. It’s the most iconic BMW of all time and considered to be the best BMW of all time by most car enthusiasts. Despite its age, E30 M3s have been creeping up in price recently, with most decent examples commanding $40,000 or $50,000. So the standard car isn’t cheap. However, the Sport Evolution model, of which only 600 units were made, is far more rare and commands a much larger price tag. But is it worth it?

This particular Sport Evo is being sold in Hong Kong at the moment and is asking for a price of $150,000. You can buy a brand new, fully loaded BMW M3 with a fully loaded X1 on the side and take a vacation to Hawaii with some money left over to car mods for that much money. But, then again, this is a very special car.

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With only 600 units ever produced, the idea of even seeing one in person is an extreme rarity, nevermind owning one. The E30 BMW M3 Sport Evolution was also a special car. With its 2.3 liter engine being bumped up to 2.5 liters, bumping its horsepower from 190 to 254, it was much faster than the standard car. It was also much lighter, thanks in large part to its relatively spartan interior, so it was much faster and sharper. It also had more aggressive aerodynamics and is the closest thing to the E30 M3 Touring car that dominated Touring Car races for years back in the late ’80s.

While the E30 M3 is a very cool, very rare car, the Sport Evolution is all of that but cranked up to eleven. It’s sharper, faster, better looking, ever more exclusive and even more expensive. It’s like an E30 M3 on steroids. But $150,000 is a lot of money. With that kind of money, you can choose between this Sport Evolution or a BMW i8, Porsche 911 Carrera 4s, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Aston Martin Vantage S and a suite of other fantastic brand-new automobiles.

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This Sport Evolution is for rich collectors, obviously, people who already have expensive daily driving cars. So the price tag isn’t that farfetched in that regard. This particular example also only has around 49,000 miles on it and is in immaculate condition. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an E30 M3 is such pristine condition. But, for $150,000, you should be able to eat off of the valve cover.

[Source: Carscoops]

15 responses to “Is this BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution worth $150,000?”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    worth every penny.

  2. Henry Ting says:

    Yes, the M3 that put BMW on the map. Light, powerful, agile and once you pop the hood, the entire engine bay shouts quality. With its metal intake manifold, metal valve cover and the gem of an engine. It all puts the present day M3 to shame. Ask any respectful mechanic and they all tell you that they hate working on today’s BMW. With its plastic parts under the hood, you so much as sneeze on it, the part crumbles and breaks. Plastic pulleys, plastic intake manifold, plastic coolant hose brackets instead of metal clamps, alloy soft bolts and nuts that are just asking you to round it off. No dipstick to check your engine oil. The list goes on and on.

    • anoynamouse says:

      I don’t know…I’ve been wrenching German for 23 years and I have no problem with plastic stuff on engines…although Vw does go a bit cheap on their water pump designs. Times change grandpa…the new cars are just as great and to be honest this car brings nothing to the table other then styling and history. Like an old 911 they sure are cool (and deadly) but a new one makes them look silly as a daily driver and track car alike.

      Get off the high horse my friend…all cars are not created equal and although new technology is difficult for backyard mechanics…those of us with the know how and tools have no problem with the new and slightly used amazing stuff out there.

      I’ll keep my 2010 M5 thank you…

      • Henry Ting says:

        Wait till the aluminum bolts start snapping…..and they are everywhere within the engine block. From the bed-plate, valve cover, oil pump assembly, the fasteners are all aluminum. The reason they use aluminum bolts ? …..its because of the magnesium engine block which will cause electrolysis corrosion if they use steel bolts. So to save weight they use magnesium block for their engine. Ask me how I found that out AFTER my 328i was out of warranty and a oil leak started because of the aluminum bolts snapping. The procedure for the repair ?… Pull the entire engine out and resurface and re-bed the bed plate applying sealants to cure the oil leak and change all bolts. Yes, that was the fix to a tune of several K$$$$ and there is no guarantee that the bolts won’t snap again.

  3. BMW JEDI says:

    A TRUE BMW ///M. (drooling)

  4. skankonia says:

    I’ve seen run of the mill e30s going for $130k, so this sounds like a bargain to me. The value of these rare beasts will go sky high in the near future. There are few other cars from the late 80s that are this beautiful and historically significant.

    • anoynamouse says:

      You live on Mars or something? We just had a run of the mill mint condition E30 1991 325ix in our shop with less then 30K miles on it…he wants to sell it for $20K…I gave him $12K and have the coolest BMW in town…

  5. Mark H says:

    This car is cool but I’d take a M6 Gran Coupe 6speed manual over this. Def worth 150k tho.

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