1990 BMW M3

Sport Evolution
Sale Price
$125,000 - $150,000
Est. Range
22 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. WBAAK07050AC79122. Gloss Black over gray tricolor cloth. 2.5/238hp, Getrag 5-speed, limited-slip, sunroof, power windows, cassette stereo, "M-Rain" pattern cloth seats, tool kit and spare.

Evaluation: Sport Evolution model built for DTM and FIA Group A homologation with thinner glass, larger wheels, lower ride height, wider track, upgraded suspension, adjustable rear wing, and larger engine with more power. Sold new in Germany. Came to the United States in 2015. Significant refurbishment work in the UK in 2014. Very clean engine bay. Interior nearly looks new. Looks much fresher and better preserved than the 128,670 km (79,952 miles) on the odometer would suggest.

Bottom Line: Presented as part of the “Homologation Collection,” and another car from that group to soundly beat its presale estimate. Bidding opened at 50 grand and quickly sailed past 100 before finally hammering at $190,000. While certainly an expectation-beating result, this isn’t a record for an E30-generation BMW. A standard 8,000-mile car sold for $255,000 on Bring a Trailer last summer, and another 1990 Sport Evo on Bring a Trailer with 23,000 miles sold (the same day as RM Arizona, coincidentally) for $261,556.

by Andrew Newton
28 January 2021
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