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The M3 was first introduced in 1986 and was the first-ever production saloon designed specifically for racing and rallying that could also be road registered and bought new with a warranty. All cars were left-hand drive, regardless of the supplying country, and they were built in limited numbers and priced at a premium level as the most expensive of the 3-Series range.
In competitions, the car was to become a legend immediately ~ winning several European and World Touring Car Championships, as well as a round of the World Rally Championship.
BMW Motorsport built a limited number of competition only shells which were prepared for them by Matter in Germany and came in full Group A form with a Motorsport chassis number and a unique Matter body shell number. They were distributed to noted teams of the day, including Bigazzi in Italy, Schnitzer in Germany and in the UK – Prodrive in Banbury.
Unlike most of the E30 M3s competing in FIA historic rallies today, this car is a genuine original period Motorsport shell and has the full Matter cage and unique identity number M3-120607. Originally raced as a touring car by team Schnitzer – and driven in period by 'Works' driver Jonny Cecotto, as well as Patrick Slaus and L.Pensis.
Converted into a rally car later in its life, it was acquired by our vendor and imported into the UK in 2016 to be fully prepared for European FIA tarmac historic events by the highly respected preparer, Richard Lepley of Prepfab. Developed and enjoyed in European historic rallying ever since, the car has enjoyed considerable success, both here and abroad and is a well known regular and very competitive car. It is built to correct and legal FIA spec and has full FIA papers allowing it to compete anywhere in the world.
The spec today includes:
In short, this is a rare and very special, turn-key ready to go, ultra-competitive FIA spec Historic tarmac M3 that, in the right hands, is a potential podium car. As an original Motorsport bodyshell, it is also a rare and highly collectable piece of motorsport history.
Video of the BMW M3 E30 Group A rally car
Credit: With thanks to Black Mountains Media for granting permission to use earlier photos of the car.