1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution/Evo III

#056 of 600 Homologated Examples Built

20-Years of Excellent Documentation

Stock #0976

VIN # WBAAK07070ACxxxxx**

ENG# 60354751/25xxxx (S14B25)**

Manufacture date of 1/18/90

140,200 Original Miles (226,000 Kilometers)

50,000 Miles on Full Engine Rebuild

  • Brilliantrot (308) on Anthracite M Cloth (0316)
  • 5-Speed Manual Gearbox
  • Clean and Clear Montana Title
  • Clean CarFax Report/No Accidents

Offered at $119,990

As BMW was finishing its run of E30 M3 manufacturing, they released the final homologated version: the Sport Evolution.  Commonly referred to as the Evo III, only 600 were produced and none was delivered new to our shores.  Unique differences with these cars included the following factory enhancements:

  • Only delivered in red or black
  • Built for only 4-production months
  • Displacement increased to 2.5L
  •             Larger valves
  •             More aggressive cam
  •             Red spark plug wires
  •             Oil sprayers in block for piston lubrication
  • Horsepower increased to 238hp at 7,000 rpm
  • 3.15:1 differential ratio
  • Suede steering wheel, shift knob, and hand brake lever
  • Red seat belts
  • Recaro sport seats with harness holes integrated
  • Unique adjustable rear wing and front spoiler
  • Reprofiled front grill slats
  • Brake cooling ducts
  • 10mm lower ride height
  • Two tone (Nogaro Silver) 16” BBS wheels
  • Thinner glass
  • Lighter trunk lid and bumpers
  • Smaller fuel tank
  • Wider front fenders with sealed body gaps
  • Center console identification plaque
  • Door sill plates with colored M3 insignias

This Sport Evo was built on January 18th, 1990 and sold new by BMW Niederlassung of Nuremberg, Germany on March 7th, 1990.  It was  equipped new from the factory with the following equipment:

  • Air conditioning
  • Sliding electric sunroof
  • Power windows
  • On board computer

We have service receipts and ownership records dating back to 1998/100,000km where it was owned by a couple living in Kent, England.  This couple serviced the car at their local BMW dealer.  We also have copies of their M.O.T. inspections until they sold the car to an enthusiast in Okinawa, Japan in 2003 with 117,300km.

This last owner was fastidious with services.  Most of the work was done by either the BMW dealer in Okinawa or Shirai (a very well respected independent BMW shop in Shimizu City that specializes in E30 M3s).   *Highlights of these services include:

  • Regular and frequent fluid changes: motor oil, trans, brakes, diff
  • Rear shocks and mounts (@ 119k-km on 1/04)
  • Motor and transmission mounts (@120k-km on 2/04)
  • Front struts, mounts and control arms (@120k-km on 3/04)
  • New front oil cooler and hoses/mounts (@ 121k-km on 5/04)
  • Window washer system and main fan (@123k-km on 8/04)
  • Bare metal/drivetrain removed repaint of entire car/approx. $10,000
  • (@ 129k-km on 7/05)
  • By local BMW dealer in Okinawa
  • Replace starter (@130k-km on 8/05)
  • Wheel bearings (@ 140k-km on 11/06)
  • Significant suspension/drivetrain work (@142k-km on 10/06)
  •             Replace rear trailing arms and bushings
  •             Koni shocks/struts
  •             Oil pan gasket
  •             Driveshaft, coupler, and bushings
  •             Universal ball joints and center ball joint
  •             Sway bar supports and bushings
  •             A/C compressor and convert to 134
  •             Rebuild A/C system
  •             Total cost about $5,000
  • Full engine rebuild/approx. $10,000 (@ 144k-km on 1/07)
  •             Valve job
  •             Heads
  •             Crank polish and balanced
  •             Camshafts
  •             Clutch kit/flywheel resurfaced
  •             Chain tensioners/chains
  •             Connecting rods/bearings
  • Steering rack (@ 167k-km)
  • Restore original wheels (@ 175k-km on 3/10)
  • Water and fuel hoses replaced (@ 179k-km on 7/10)
  • Rebuild A/C system (@ 180k-km on 8/10)
  • Rebuilt alternator (@ 191k-km on 6/11)
  • Power steering pump and hoses (@ 222k-km on 11/15)
  • Oil Service (@ 224k-km on 11/16)

This M3 Evo III was imported from Japan last year by a Southwest enthusiast.  He immediately had inspections and work performed by a couple local BMW independent specialists.  This work included:

  • Fuel pump/main relay
  • Crankshaft position sensor
  • Replace ECU
  • Test fuel system and vacuum
  • New fuel injectors

Unlike many of these homologated specials, this Sport Evo was driven, enjoyed, and well-maintained.  It didn’t sit dormant in a garage yet, it wasn’t tracked or abused.  The whole car looks more like a sub 50k-mile example.  The paint looks very nice with minimal signs of use.  There are no major flaws, scratches, or dents.  The glass is correct and has no cracks or major chips either.  The wheels are in great shape with no curb rash and are wearing older Bridgestone Potenza tires with about 1/3rd life.  The brakes have 75% life.  All the exterior lights work.

The interior is equally as nice and mostly original.  The seats are wearing their original motorsport fabric inserts and show no stains or wear.  The driver exit bolster was reupholstered due to normal wear.  It matches the rest of the factory fabric.  There are no tears.  The headliner is original and is not sagging or torn.  The door panels and carpet all look fresh.  The dash has no cracks or warping.  It has a slight round discoloration spot on the top (see pic).  The gauges appear to work properly as does the power sunroof.  The clock/trip computer display is out and needs a new bulb.  A later U.S. BMW factory CD player has been installed and it works.  The A/C system was inspected and appears to be in good condition.  The system will be serviced and recharged before delivery to the next owner.

The engine bay, trunk, and chassis are all in very good condition (considering the miles) with no major signs of abuse, damage, or rust.  The normal trunk spots (ie spare tire well, battery area, and jack area) all appear dry with no rust.  The spare appears to be unused and wearing its original Michelin tire.  The chassis looks good with just some slight wear at the front jack points (typical).  There are a couple small areas of engine oil weeping at the timing chain cover and front tensioner.  There is also some slight coolant moisture at the thermostat.  All are minor and not critical for attention, just monitoring.  The stock exhaust tube from the engine to the muffler has some usual surface corrosion but no holes.  This Evo III appears to be completely stock with the exception of an ARQRY muffler, rear strut brace, and Shirai lightweight/larger capacity alloy air intake accumulator.

We just had a compression and leak down performed by a local BMW marque expert and the results were excellent (leak down numbers percentage off of 100%:

1)180/2% 2) 180/2%  3) 175/2%  4) 175/2%

With the turn of the key, you quickly realize that this is no water-downed U.S./EPA variant, but rather what BMW Motorsports always intended this car to be for the consumers.  It has a nice low-end growl.  It’s a bit cold blooded and although will start on the first try, needs some time to warm up.  It pulls nicely as you wind the motor out past 4k rpm.  The shifter feels precise with no slipping or grinding.  The clutch engages easily and has a very nice positive engagement to it.  The brakes have excellent initial bite with no fading.  And, of course, handling is its strong suit.  Turn in is incredibly precise and the whole chassis has a wonderful balanced feel to it.  This example is mostly non-modified and would be welcome on any show lawn.  However, it’s not so much of a garage queen that you can’t have some guilt free touring in the canyons or on vintage driving events.  Plus, when’s the last time you saw a true Sport Evolution driving down the road.  It is truly a unique and rare specimen that is a car guy/gal’s car.

This M3 comes with extensive service records going back 20-years, one-key, original spare tire/wheel, tool kit, emergency triangle, and jack/lug wrench tool.

*Note: Many of the receipts were translated from Japanese and we did our best using google tools and friends who speak Japanese to translate repairs.

**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud.  All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.

***Note: This vehicle cannot be legally registered in California without first going through EPA and BAR.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or paul@autokennel.com

This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.

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