Rebuilding historyPosted: May 23, 2011
No matter how many M3 iterations are released by BMW, most seasoned BMW enthusiasts will agree on one thing- no modern M3 can replicate the unfiltered appeal of the original E30 M3.
The E30 M3 is an anomaly even among BMW’s sporting bloodline – a car that was created for competition use first and released to the public purely as a means of achieving motorsport homologation. This clarity of purpose is visible in every aspect of the E30 M3’s design, and it’s precisely the car’s focus that makes it unique.
To most modern day car buyers the E30 M3’s 4 cylinder engine is noisy, rough, and lackluster in terms of bottom-end power output, the suspension rough and unyielding, the interior cramped and uncomfortable by current standards. But the rare few understand the E30 M3 for what it is – a sports BMW in it’s purest form.
The E30 M3 is an ultimate expression of BMW’s motorsport heritage, and every component seen on the car affirms this fact. The 4 cylinder engine is dynamically perfect, allowing the E30 to have fast turn-in and fantastic steering response due to the engine’s short length. The S14 four cylinder sings to it’s redline with an unmistakable noise and produces power at high RPM where it’s needed most. The chassis is rigid and suspension and steering incredibly communicative. The interior is compact and completely driver-focused with no extraneous controls or decorations.
Our client is an experienced BMW fanatic, and is among the crowd that can appreciate the E30 M3 for the piece of motorsport history it is. The owner of this beautiful E30 M3 purchased the car several years, and has worked tirelessly to improve and restore the car every year. To date, IND has completely overhauled the suspension with solid bushings, reinforced the rear subframe, added Ground Control coilovers, installed BBS LM wheels and the car’s gorgeous EVO aerodynamics package including a front spoiler and rear wing with integrated gourney flap. We’ve also added a Personal steering wheel, a carbon fiber sunroof panel, and helped our client perform countless maintenance tasks. Our client has also rebuilt the engine to be a true 2.5 liter!
This E30 M3 will never stop evolving as it’s owner continues to develop and restore the car, but here are some of our latest photos of his masterpiece in progress. Enjoy!