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Rare 1988 BMW M3 EVO II heads to auction (and it even has plaid seats)

This rare 1988 BMW M3 EVO II is crossing the block in July.

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BMW made just 500 M3 EVO II cars. Number 114 is headed to auction. The 1988 BMW E30 M3 EVO II crossing the block is part of the second limited production run of the road-going version of the E30 M3.

The model is part of a private collection and is expected to sell for between £50,000 and £70,000 when it is auctioned from June 29th to July 6th at TheMarket.co.uk in a 'no reserve' online auction.

1988 BMW E30 M3 EVO II

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"The E30 M3 is a bona fide legend thanks to its stunning looks, relative ease of maintenance, and the fact that it drives every bit as well as its reputation would have you believe," said Tristan Judge, director, The Market.

The car is regarded as one of the best drivers' cars the German automaker has ever produced. It's powered by a 220 bhp, four-cylinder S14 engine that is paired with a five-speed Getrag gearbox.

The left-hand drive car had been owned by three individuals in Germany before arriving on U.K. shores in the mid-1990s where it's lived with its current owner for over 20 years.

The car had its engine rebuilt by Moseley Motorsport in 2010 as well as a front-end respray and a full wheel refurbishment.

The winner of the auction will get a car that is finished in a Macau Blue paint job. It has a rear spoiler, split-rim BBS alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, brake air-intakes, front splitter, and M3 Motorsport Division badges.

Its interior is well preserved. It features the original Buffalo Silver half-leather seats with grey check trim and tricolour 'M' badge, 'M' steering wheel and gear knob, sliding steel sunroof, sunblind for the rear window, upgraded speakers, and the roof-mounted computer that is still labelled in German. The plaque on the centre console shows that this is number 114 of 500 cars made.

For the last eight years, the car has been stored. Its odometer reads 125,620 miles, with just 3,000 miles covered since the engine rebuild in 2010.

The car is accompanied by its original owner's handbook and book pack, stamped service history booklet, two keys, and a number of expired MOT certificates plus some old invoices and bills to confirm the work that has been completed on the car over the years.

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This 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV sold for a high sum.

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This month, two 1970s-era Lamborghinis crossed the block, each achieving a record selling price. But, not all that glitters is gold. Both models have what RM-Sotheby's terms "a troubled history".

The 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV is chassis #4980. It has been certified as one of the 150 models produced. It was set apart from other Miuras by its different cam timing and altered 4x3-barrel Weber carburetors. Its 3.9-liter V-12 engine that was tuned to achieve 380 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. When it was new, it rode on Pirelli Cinturato tires.

The year before the Miura SV debuted, Lamborghini development driver Bob Wallace modified a Miura to comfort to FIA's Appendix J racing regulations. Among the mods was the replacement of the the steel chassis and body panels with aluminum alloy versions. It as given the name "Miura Jota". The '71 Miura up for auction was altered to mimic this model during its life, but has recently been restored it its original trim.

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

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Following its restoration the Miura SV received its certification from Lamborghini Polo Storico.

A 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 with chassis #1120262 underpinning has a similarly troubled history. It was at one time owned by Rod Stewart, but that's not the trouble. It was a victim of multiple transformations (including the roof removal), before being restored to its original specifications.

The Miura SV fetched €2.4 million, the second highest value ever for a Miura SV, second only to one sold by Gooding & Co. in London last September. The Countach LP 400 went for €775,000.

"This is a pleasing but not surprising result, since it confirms a clear trend," says Paolo Gabrielli, Head of Aftersales at Automobili Lamborghini, which oversees the Polo Storico. Historical Lamborghinis are of increasing interest to the world's leading collectors, who are looking for the utmost respect for originality in their cars. The Polo Storico restoration program, alongside supporting top independent specialists through the provision of advice, documents and original spare parts, makes it possible to obtain restorations of the highest level and quality, which are appreciated by collectors and, consequently, by the market."

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The Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group offers factory-backed half-door comfort, style, and safety.
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Jeep Wrangler owners who want an open-air experience but don't want the complete doors-off look have a new from-the-factory option. Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar have worked together to create new half-doors for the iconic SUV.

The new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group features two factory engineered, tested, and backed half-door options that offer owners the option to have production-level styling, security, and occupancy protection in addition to improved visibility.

Available for both two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler models through the Mopar Custom Shop, as part of an original new-vehicle purchase in the U.S. and Canada, the new Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the vehicle while matching body-color half doors are packaged within the vehicle.

    Jeep Wrangler Dual-Door Group

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    With production-level materials and build quality, new half doors are designed to work when equipped with any of the following features: power mirrors, blind-spot detection, passive and non-passive entry handles, and power locks. A quick and easy swap from full doors to half doors can be accomplished within minutes using the existing hinge locations and the exact same wiring connections.

    The newly developed upper-window assemblies are designed to have a weather-tight sealant feature zippered plastic windows. Two materials are offered for the assemblies: base-model vinyl that matches the production soft-top roof or premium acrylic that matches the premium soft-top roof.

    Each upper-door frame section uses an easy, tool-free, dual-guide post feature for easy installation and removal.

    The Dual-Door Group is now available on two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, Rubicon; Sahara, Rubicon 392, and 4xe models. Factory-option pricing for the U.S.s tarts at $2,350 for the two-door's Dual-Door Group with base-model upper-window assembles while the four-door costs $3,995. Checking the box for the more premium version of the upper-window assemblies moves the price tag up to $2,550 for the two-door and $4,395 for the four-door.

    Warranty coverage for each Dual-Door Group option is included as part of the new-vehicle warranty of three years/36,000 miles.

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