1988 BMW M3 Evolution II

Well it is only fitting that just as Mercedes and BMW were competing with each other on the track that we have a BMW M3 Evo II follow our Mercedes Evo II on the blog.

This BMW has significantly more miles on it than the Benz did, with 84,000. The bidding is up over $20,000 with plenty of time left.

Like the Benz you have a high reving 4 cylinder mated to a dog legged shifter all wrapped up in a flared and winged body package.

Unlike the unused Benz this car has been enjoyed and despite its equal rarity, # 488 of 500, you wouldn’t have to be quite as nervous driving this one. It shows some of its use and has had some work and paint done to it, but that is no problem.

Being a Euro delivery car it has some nuances and may cause a new owner trouble getting it registered depending on their state.

The seller says the car comes with all its service history since new, which is really nice.

Great car, it will be interesting to see where it ends up pricewise. You have to love the “M3RCY” license plate.

~Evan

Is this for real? 145 mile Mercedes 190E 2.5-16v Evolution II

You know I’m not a fan of the low mile garage queens that don’t ever get used for fear of wrecking their investment value. That is what we have here though.
How you could possibly have a genuine Mercedes Evo II parked in your garage and not ever drive it is just beyond me.
I’m a bit skeptical of this add, the pictures aren’t great and neither is the info in the advertisement. With a weak ad like this the seller is likely to attract tire kickers. What we can gather from the ad is that apparently this seller has this #422 of 502 ever built Benz tucked away in Swansea UK, where it has been parked since it was new. It has never been registered for road use. The seller mentions that as the second owner he only recently had the pre-delivery inspection completed when he had some of the belts and fluids replaced.
The Evo-II is one of the gems of the Mercedes fan. That incredibly rare, unobtainable pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, that everyone dreamed about. At a cost new in 1990 of $80,000 I guess the $150,000 current ask price shows the car has appreciated. The AMG and Cosworth worked over 2.5 liter 4 cylinder 16 valve engine is good for 232 horsepower. The car came with an amazing body kit with air dams, fender flares, and an outrageous rear wing that most will never believe is factory and that boy racer types probably think is great. The car also comes with the now iconic and oft reproduced 17″ Evo-II rims.
This is an amazing car with world beater race heritage, taking it to BMW in the DTM series. You rarely see a genuine one of these on the market. It is the type of historic car you would expect someone like Jay Leno to purchase for their collection. It is an awful lot of money to spend on a car that you won’t drive because of the low mileage. Maybe we’ll see it for sale in a few years with several thousand miles on the clock.

~Evan