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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

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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2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

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