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1991 BMW M3

Care to roll the dice? From what I can tell, this 1991 BMW M3 appears to be an Evo-spec car, though it is not listed as such. The red trim, graphite wheels, spoiler lip and claim of 215 hp all fit in with the Evolution model. Amongst the already expensive world of E30 M3s, the Evolution models carry extra clout and command more money. Either way, these M3s are continuing to increase in value with seemingly little regard to condition, location, and sometimes even originality. Today’s 1991 example looks Knight Rider ready with it’s black-out look and red accent trim:

Year: 1991
Model: M3
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 185,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction, $22,000 opening bid


Desirable 1991 E30 M3 Coupe,original S14 215 HP Engine(aprox 5k miles on rebuild)Nogarro Silver 16″ M Wheels, excellent body/paint/interior,never tracked,maintained,pampered,loved by devout BMW M3 enthusiast-reluctantly for sale due to personal reasons.

I question, in some regard at least, what “devout” BMW M3 enthusiast would put such a car up for sale and start the bidding at a high point despite even higher mileage; but then offer so precious few details and poor pictures. Even so, the car appears to be in good shape given the mileage, so it’s possible that it was well maintained. The engine is listed as rebuilt, which if done properly saves the future owner $10,000 plus in bills. With lots of miles already on the ticker, this won’t be a museum quality car, which leaves you free to add some more of your own (s)miles. That’s good news with a car like the M3, since they were meant to be driven and not parked. While darker colors aren’t my favorite on the E30, the contrast of the wheels and red striped trim give the car a unique feel that some of the earlier graphite cars fail to achieve. I’m not a fan of the blacked out kidneys, but that’s a pretty easy fix. The larger question is if this is indeed an Evolution model, or just a copy cat. I was under the impression that the Evo models didn’t receive fog lights and had a slightly larger front spoiler lip, but it’s entirely possible the front air dam was swapped out at some point given their propensity for meeting curbs. Care to weigh in?



  1. Pete
    Pete September 18, 2013

    Um..this is not a real Evolution as it is a US market car with US VIN (7th digit is a 3). No Evos were sold new in the US.

    No details provided on S14 rebuild and no interior pics. These things are commanding silly money.

    Also strange that it has always been a Northeast car yet pictures appear to have been taken if Florida (NJ plates clearly shown). Maybe the high miles are due to numerous drives from NJ to FL??

  2. Greg
    Greg September 18, 2013

    I am also wondering why there is an M3 badge on the grille in the 5th picture, but not the 1st picture. Perhaps they were just taken at different times (given the lack of the Bissel box in the other picture), but something to consider when these are the only pictures that are given for a undoubtedly pricey purchase. There are ton of things that are off about this car it seems, so a roll of the dice it would be.

  3. MDriver
    MDriver September 18, 2013

    I am familiar with this car, I have seen it at some gatherings in New Jersey…
    as pointed out already it is not an EVO……mention of the rebuild leads me to believe that perhaps a more aggressive cam set-up/some slight motor work would give a 23hp bump.???
    EVO’s didn’t make 215Hp anyway…at least not the straight EVO…197 I believe…
    the EVO II and Ceccotto versions had over 200hp….and the ultra rare Sport EVO made 235
    overall the car shows nice in person….it has been a while since I’ve seen it however

  4. Carter
    Carter September 18, 2013

    Never wrong wikipedia (I refer to it as “Wrongipedia” to my students) lists the Evolution hp at 217, but then also refers to it as Evo 2 (which it later lists seperately). . Stock was 192/197 depending on market. So, I’m interested MDriver – did this owner attempt to make this car look like an Evolution model?

  5. MDriver
    MDriver September 23, 2013

    @Carter…I’m not sure what his intentions were but frankly I have seen several in the Tri-State area w/the Nagaro Silver BBS and the the rear lip on the wing…..
    there was supposed to be a NY Chapter CCA event this past Sunday at Westbury Gardens….and there are (2) real life EVO’s that usually show up….was postponed to this coming Sunday…if I make it out there I will take photos of the EVO’s.

  6. Carter
    Carter September 24, 2013

    We’d love to see them. I know Ron Checca has a red Evo in the Boston area, and both he and his brother raced E30 M3s for a while. That’s the only one I’ve seen around, I believe. There was a story of a graphite Evo that was found on the street in Boston; some student had brought it over with them to Harvard or some such thing, and then was selling it cheap, but it needed a complete refit. That was many years ago, though….

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