1988 BMW E30 M3 Coupe

One Owner, Original Paint, Time Capsule Condition!

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I’m proud and excited to offer on consignment this highly original and beautifully preserved 1988 BMW E30 M3 Coupe for the family of it’s only owner.


The vehicle was produced at the BMW Factory in Munich-Milbertshofe, Germany on 11/23/87 and then shipped to the USA.  According to the Original Purchase Order, it was supplied new by Dave Walter BMW, Akron, Ohio on 03/12/1988 with an MSRP of $34,880 to a prominent Northern Ohio Mechanical Engineer. The owner was very meticulous and kept all the documentation associated with the vehicle from delivery forward, including a detailed log of every fuel purchase made. As the years passed and his consultancy business commitments required increased travel, the BMW saw less use. In June 2002 the car was stored and covered at the owner’s property in a newly constructed building with a concrete floor. There it stayed until February of this year, when the family decided to have the vehicle comprehensively recommissioned in preparation for sale.


The original service booklet has several stamps from the car’s early life completed by the selling dealer. There are also multiple BMW Parts Invoices showing the purchase of oil filters and seals, indicating that the owner completed some of the cars minor maintenance, including regular oil changes. Based on his area of expertise in Mechanical Engineering this would have been well within his abilities.

On emerging from storage in February 2020 the vehicle was delivered to Chris Moore the principal of Autobahn Extremist a German Car Specialist in Avon Lake, Ohio. Chris embarked on a thorough servicing, replacing, cleaning and detailing of the vehicle to return it to prime condition after it’s long slumber. Maintaining the car’s originality was always the prime directive . The final invoice was $8,240.69 and is available to serious parties for inspection.


As the car presents now it’s hard to over emphasize how well it offers the perfect combination of originality with just the right amount of 32 years of minor patina, it just feels and looks right in every respect. Very importantly all of the paint meters as original at between 3-5 mil and all of the correct “panel vin tags” are present (see the pictures in the gallery).

I’ve been fortunate to have experienced and driven many BMW E30 M3’s over the years and this car is right at the top of the list as far as I’m concerned; time capsule originality, deep provenance and just the right amount of miles that you shouldn’t be worried about adding a few more by immersing yourself in the intoxicating experience that driving this Bavarian Icon provides!


The vehicle was delivered with the following options:

S401A: Lift-up-and-slide-back sunroof, electric

S410A: Window lifts, electric, front

S530A: Air Conditioning

S540A: Cruise Control

S551A: On-Board Computer II

S675: Sound System

The following items as listed on the Purchase Order and still present with the vehicle:

OEM BMW Anthracite Carpet Floor Mats

BMW M-Colors Accent Pin Strips (these appear to be vinyl and are in near perfect condition)

The car remains completely stock as delivered except for the addition of a Supersprint Exhaust System installed in 1996 at the cost of $920 (invoice included). It’s designed to wake the car up a little from the stock system and is period correct. I think it sounds great and is not too loud in my opinion. The stock exhaust system as pictured in the gallery is included in the sale.

Every item and document associated with the vehicle remains with the car and will pass to the new owner including:

A complete key set with original leather pouch

A complete set of “as new” owners manuals with M3 Supplement

Unused BMW cassette cleaning kit

Trunk tool kit,  jack and accessories

All the original documentation/invoices, highlighted by the original Purchase Order

A copy of Car & Driver Magazine 11/87  with the BMW E30 M3 Road Test

Owners original fuel logbook

Market Value:

After extensive market research I’ve listed the vehicle to sell at $95,000 which is very fair considering it’s originality and provenance. There are very few BMW E30 M3’s remaining in this sort of unmolested low mileage condition that can show one owner history from delivery. Please contact me to discuss the car, it won’t be available for long.















Vehicle WBSAK0301J2197043
Price Sold - Homepage
Miles 25,759 mi
Color Exterior: 203 Salmon Silver Metallic (Lachssilber Metallic), Interior: 0292 Silver Leather (Silber Leder)
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Drive Type RWD
Engine 4 cylinder Normally Aspirated


Year 1988
Make BMW
Model E30 M3
Vehicle WBSAK0301J2197043
Seats 4
Doors 2
Drive Type RWD
Transmission Type 5 Speed Manual
Fuel Type Gasoline
Engine Displacement (cc) 2300
Engine Type Normally Aspirated
Engine Cylinders 4
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