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05/1990 BMW M3 Convertible (LHD) (E30)

• Only 59,600 KM (approx. 37k miles)

• Only 786 units of the BMW M3 E30 Convertible were produced

• Hand made at BMW M's Garching facility.

• First convertible in M history

• BB05: European-spec with catalyst (215 hp)

• Full service by ICS Motorsport on arrival.

• One for the collectors

• Worldwide Shipping Service Available

 

HJA have sourced another rare gem from Japan. Tucked away as part of a huge private automobile collection we managed to convince the owner to part with this stunning (E30) 1990 BMW M3 Convertible.  This example has only covered 59,600 KM (approx. 37k miles) which we believe makes this one of the lowest mileage examples currently for sale anywhere in the world.

 

The E30 M3 Convertible is extremely rare, highly collectable and is a must have for any serious car collector.  Only 786 units of the BMW M3 E30 Convertible were produced and because of its low production volume, the E30 M3 convertible was assembled by hand at BMW M's Garching facility.

 

This means that the most powerful production E30 convertible of all time is also one of the rarest E30 vehicles ever. And as the first convertible from BMW M, it has taken its place in history and become a sought-after classic.

 

Dry stored in a climate-controlled showroom for all of its life and only used in the summer months it is in stunning condition throughout.  It is hard to believe that this example is now approaching 31 years old, a true testament to the owner in Japan.

 

This example was manufactured on 28th May 1990 making this the BB05: European-spec with catalyst (215 hp) the last of the line and most powerful version of the E30 M3 Convertible. Painted in the beautiful Jet Black (Schwarz 2 -668) this colour was only available on the last batch 1990-1991 models. It is such a deep black colour that it really amplifies the famous aggressive widened front and rear arches, the bodywork still has that showroom shine.  The roof is in exceptional condition with no fading rips or tears which further goes to confirm the very limited use throughout the years.

 

The exterior contrasts beautifully against the Black extended Nappa leather with the M tri-colour stripes on both front and rear seats, as well as unique door panels with diagonal pleating.  The seats are in amazing condition and put many newer cars interior to shame a real testament to the quality of leather BMW used in the 90’s. The E30 M3 convertible's interior features sport seats, an M steering wheel (in one of two versions) and the M instrument cluster. The convertibles were also fitted with the "M3" door sill plates used on the M3 Evolution models.

 

On arrival the car was delivered to ICS Motorsport where a full service and health check was carried out changing all fluids (oil/air filter, engine/gearbox/diff oil, coolant, pas fluid and spark plugs).

 

History

What makes the E30 M3 convertible unique?

The E30 M3 convertible combines the drivetrain, chassis and much of the bodywork from the E30 M3 sedan with the open-top body style of the E30 3 Series convertible.

 

Where was the E30 M3 convertible first introduced?

A six-cylinder E30 3 Series convertible prototype with M3 bodywork and all-wheel-drive was displayed at the 1985 Frankfurt motor show. The production version, with the four-cylinder S14 engine and rear-wheel drive chassis, did not appear until the middle of 1988.

 

Where was the E30 M3 convertible built?

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 assembly lines, then fitted at Garching with the special drivetrain, chassis and interior.

 

 

 

Production Data

How many versions of the E30 M3 convertible were there?

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.

 

How many of each version were produced?

BB01 (ECE, non-catalyst): 136 produced from 06/88 through 09/88 & from 04/89 through 06/89

BB05 (ECE, catalyst/195 hp): 174 produced from 07/88 through 09/88 & from 03/89 through 06/89

BB05 (ECE, catalyst/215 hp): 476 produced from 03/90 through 06/91

 

Drivetrain

How is the E30 M3 convertible mechanically different from the hardtop version?

Aside from the structural reinforcements fitted to all E30 convertibles, the E30 M3 convertible is mechanically identical to the hardtop.

 

Chassis

How is the E30 M3's chassis different from that of the closed version?

The E30 M3 convertible uses slightly different springs and shocks to compensate for the car's added weight (increased by almost 400 pounds over the coupe). The suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires are otherwise identical to those of the E30 M3 coupe.

 

Cosmetics

How is the E30 M3 convertible cosmetically different from that of the sedan?

The E30 M3 convertible shares most of the coupe’s body panels, save for the trunk lid, which is a stock E30 convertible item and is not equipped with a rear spoiler. The convertible top is also identical to the one fitted to the regular E30 models and is power-operated as standard.

 

What items were optional on the E30 M3 convertible?

The E30 M3 convertible was generally equipped with more standard features than the closed car. All were fitted with power windows and a power-operated folding soft top. The standard E30 M3 options were all available, as was a removable hardtop with rear window defroster and an extended leather interior including leather on the center console, door panels and door pulls. A number of special-order features not found on the usual option list (phone, fax, suede interior trim, leather dashboard, etc.) could also be requested due to the model's hand-built assembly.

 
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