One Of You Maniacs Really Bought A BMW E30 M3 For $102,000

This is the most SoCal canyon carver picture I’ve seen in a long time. Via Bring A Trailer
This is the most SoCal canyon carver picture I’ve seen in a long time. Via Bring A Trailer

You really did it. One of you maniacs out there actually spent a hot $102,000 on a 1989 BMW E30 M3 with 35,000 miles.


Bring A Trailer auctioned this car with 35,562 miles to be precise. Does that alone explain the selling price? No. No it does not. For that, I would need to consult an expert on mass hysteria, or an expert in the hive mentality.

For those of you not familiar with the BMW E30 M3, it was a track-tuned homologation special aimed at Germany’s touring car series of the day, with a high-strung naturally-aspirated four cylinder engine. It even had a slightly different rear window treatment for better aerodynamics. It would be like if Chevrolet sold a street-legal version of Dale Earnhardt’s Winston Cup Monte Carlo SS.

Oh wait, they did. They called it the Aerocoupe. You bastards, you should be buying those for a gazillion bucks not this thing.

Wait, what’s that? The Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe we normals could buy was a totally different car than what Dale drove, and it didn’t have a ripping gigantic race-ready V8? Damn you, GM. Damn you to hell.

Anyway, the E30 M3 ruled. Back to my original point.


This particular M3 wasn’t even bone stock, as it was lightly modified when it lived in Japan, getting new marker lights and an aftermarket exhaust.

The ultra-low mileage isn’t really even all that good for someone who wants a car to drive hard. And an E30 M3 is a car for driving hard.


Remember when we lost our minds at an E30 M3 going for $58,000 back in 2014? You are all nuts!

You all know there are other cars, right? Like, not just E30 M3s. You could even get a 325i and change the suspension so it drives like an M3 only with smoother power and more torque. You could buy a cheapo E36 and drive the living hell out of it until the whole thing falls apart into a million pieces. You could get a 1970s Toyota Cressida and swap in a Lexus V8 and build your own individual throttle body setup. All of these things are available to you.


Hell, I’ll cut you assholes a deal. If you really love old, four-cylinder German two-doors so much, I’ll sell you my Beetle, and I’m only asking $90,000.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.


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I made so much money selling press kits on eBay, I wanted to treat myself to an E30 M3.