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1990 BMW M3 Coupe

  • 1 of only 672 M3s imported to the U.S. for 1990
  • Among the most iconic models in BMW M history
  • Previously from the Rudy “Mr. 993” Mancinas Collection
  • Thoughtfully preserved and presented in largely original condition with matching numbers

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One of the most iconic and delicious to drive cars in BMW history, the high-performance, limited-production M3 was introduced by BMW’s Motorsports Division in 1986 and has remained a popular bespoke offering of the marque throughout the three series’ long existence. The first generation M3 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show and the apex model would remain one of the most desirable, continuously manufactured, limited-production BMWs for decades. The M3 would go on to win 24 Hours of Nurburgring five times in the first generation alone and these inaugural examples are increasingly collectible today.

Although the M3 was based on the E30, or 3-series in the U.S., it would share little in common with the mass-produced model. The body was redesigned with aerodynamics in mind and was equipped with a daring rear spoiler, a more flattened rear window, and a lighter weight tailgate for improved airflow, an aerodynamic boot lid, deep front splitter, and provocative flared wheel arches with sophisticated badging and countless details round out the generous package. Developed for DTM and FIA Group A racing, what lurked beneath the hood is what truly set the M3 apart from its little sister. With ‘BMW M Power’ emblazoned on the S14 dual-overhead cam, 2.3-litre, four-cylinder, 16-valve engine block, the powertrain was augmented by Bosch Motronic fuel-injection mated to a Getrag five-speed gearbox and would boast 192 horsepower at 6,750 rpms when configured for the U.S. market. The chassis was bolstered with front independent suspension with MacPherson Struts and a semi-trailing arm in the rear and the four-wheel disc brakes featured anti-lock braking systems. It was among the most well-equipped sportscars on the road and its look was simply unmistakable.

This numbers-matching example previously from the well-known Rudy “Mr. 993” Mancinas German Sportscar Collection is timelessly finished in a rare sterling silver metallic paint with carefully preserved black upholstery. This car presents in largely original condition and has recently undergone a comprehensive major service and winter 2022 inspection by Bennet Motor Werks in Dallas, Texas. Service conducted includes new spark plugs, engine oil and filter, valve clearance adjustments and new valve cover gaskets, cleaning of fuel injectors, coolant replacement, lubrication of joints and hinges, and new window switch and electrical system inspection have been completed for a total of $4,400. The M3 has been extensively detailed with dry ice treatment and is in absolutely pristine condition. The driver’s front fender does bear a BMW DOT-R to indicate a certified replacement of the part. All other factory VIN stickers are present throughout. It boasts clean CARFAX® and AutoCheck vehicle history reports, which confirm this was a California car from 1993 to 2012. Under Rudy’s stewardship, the M3 was given the ultimate treatment and presents in nearly flawless condition.

This numbers-matching example also brings with it a host of enhancements as all of Rudy’s cars were proudly “Rudyfied,” including Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks, Wiechers-Sport steel front brace, a stainless-steel performance muffler, European-spec headlights and yellow OEM Hella fog lamps, as well as original clear Hellas accompanying the purchase. One of just 672 M3s imported to the U.S. for 1990, this Motorsport BMW brings with it a host of factory extras including BMW etched glass, M3 body stampings and badging, five basket weave BMW/BBS wheels, wrapped in 2021 205/55R15 Yokohama Advan Flava tires and boasts desirable four-piece Koko mats. This beautifully kept M3 is offered with its original books, tools, jacks, BMW wheel spanner, spare, and “BMW M3” Euro Plate. This is an excellent opportunity to own a first-generation Motorsport BMW M3 in superb condition as its collectability continues to rise.

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