Is This E30 BMW M3 Really Worth More Than A Current M3?

The E30-generation BMW M3 is not only the first iteration of the world-famous sports car but it is also the most valuable and among certain revheads, the most desirable.

Just over $60,000 could get you a brand new M3 in the U.S. or it could perhaps get you one particularly fine E30 M3 being sold next month. If the upper pre-auction estimate is hit however, an extra $20,000 over the new car could be necessary.

This 1990 example has travelled 75,000 miles but thanks to its pristine white paint job, looks much more modern and appealing. When combined with the tightly-spoked wheels, small rear spoiler and the ever-appealing boxy two-door shape, it’s not surprising why the car is expected to sell for so much.

Power from the car comes courtesy of a naturally-aspirated 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 192 hp at 6,750 rpm and 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm. While that’s a far cry from the current 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six of the F80, the E30’s combination of a Getrag 5-speed manual transmission, rear wheel drive and limited slip differential make for what Automobile Magazine once called one of the greatest drivers cars ever.

Despite its age, the car’s interior looks to be in impeccable condition with the light tan leather seats and door panels perfectly offset by the black dashboard and steering wheel.

Due to the model’s collector status, it’s likely to continue to increase in value in the coming decades.


  • roy

    Yes it is certainly worth it

  • Bash

    yes it is.

  • fabri99

    It’s no surprise really.

  • Ali

    Won’t pay 20k for it !! … this game is for losers, there is nothing special about it.

  • drc

    If you want an old, buzzy, slow car that is very primitive and are willing to pay for it – go for it. I passed on these when they were $ 15K on the used car market, there is not much too them.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      You don’t get it, do you?

      • drc

        Sure I do. I have (2) BMW’s in the garage, a Porsche 911 and an S model Audi. I’ve owned (67) cars in my lifetime. I did the Skip Barber School in an E30 M3 back while you were still in diapers. I’ve been a DE Instructor and Club Racer since 1994, that’s 26 years. I have never owned an E30 M3 and never will, its a little buzz-box.

      • smartacus

        that guy really DOESN’T get it.
        evidence is he owns a 911 and an S model AUDI.

        I’ve owned two E30 M3’s and i can tell you i NEVER needed to own a 911 or an S model AUDI badly enough after experiencing the E30 M3.

        He must be like Ferrucio Lamborghini, the only guy who could find fault in the Ferrari driving experience.

  • ME

    The Germans were ahead of their time with this model. The fender flares and large trunk spoiler to this day still has a timeless look about it.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Hell yes.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    is this seriously a fucking question?