1991 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution

A 1991 BMW M3 with 154,000 miles on the clock is the star of Silverstone Auctions’ September sale. This modern classic has mega miles, but a flawless care record to match. And its original owner is none other than current Formula One race director, Charlie Whiting.

The E30 BMW M3 is one of the bona fide poster heroes – a homologation car first, road-racer second. The Sport Evolution is the last and most extreme iteration of the first M3. Its larger, 2.5-litre twin-cam four-cylinder engine puts power to the rear wheels via a five-speed Getrag transmission, complete with limited-slip diff. This example is estimated to sell for between £75,000 and £90,000.

So what’s the story of this M3? Well, Charlie Whiting was its first owner, taking delivery in April 1991. In his care, between 1991 and 1996, the car covered a healthy 78,292 miles – what a daily! Then again, what else do you expect of one of F1’s key figures of the past 40 years? In that time, the car was fastidiously looked after, with visits to BMW Heathrow twice a year.

The next owner kept up the miles and the maintenance to go with it, adding another 42,000 over the course of three years before moving it on to a specialist dealer in 1999. It was then sold for a now scarcely believable £11,495 to another owner that would put a further 32,000 miles on, while continuing to look after it.

This isn’t a delivery-miles concours car, then. Rather, it’s one of those rare ‘unicorns’ you can buy and enjoy without paying mind to the ticking odometer. In recent years, it’s been well maintained, with age-related wear and rust cared for, so this well-heeled car is ready for more.

Being number 120 out of just 600 M3 Sport Evolutions built, it’s perhaps the best-used example in existence. A testament to the mantra that preservation doesn’t mean stagnation.

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