The first of the now-famous M3 line was built on the E30 generation of the BMW 3 Series. It was intended as a homologation special to satisfy the German DTM and the Group A Touring rules, which required a total of 5000 cars to be built. The E30 M3 was unveiled at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show and production ran from March 1986 to June 1991. Most were saloons but a small number of convertibles were produced.
To improve aerodynamics, the basic E30 shape was fitted with new front spoiler, rear apron and sill panels, the rear window was flattened and a new glassfibre tailgate was raised by approximately 40mm. The windscreen was glued in, unlike other E30 models. Flared wings were another obvious, and defining, addition. The only exterior body panels the regular 3 Series and the M3 shared were the bonnet, roof panel, sunroof and inner door panels.
The E30 M3 used the BMW S14 four-cylinder engine, a high-revving DOHC design with a cylinder head closely based on that of the BMW S38 six-cylinder engine and the block from the BMW M10 four-cylinder engine, with a 7250 rpm redline.
This immaculate E30 M3 is a regular at BMW Car Club concours events in South Africa.