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These BMW M3s Are a Dream Near the Ocean or Climbing Mountains

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
March 17, 2014
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Owner and photographer: Manuel Ferri

Year, Make, and Model: 1989 BMW M3 Convertible and ’89 M3 Cecotto Edition

Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Like many people, Mr. Manuel Ferri couldn’t afford his dream car when he first saw it, the BMW E30 M3. But he promised himself then, in 1986, that in the not-too-distant future, he’d have one for the rest of his life. Well, he began looking in the early ’90s but after a lack of success locally, Manuel decided to expand the search from the Canary Islands to Germany. He and his wife packed their bags and went looking, eventually finding this Cecotto edition M3 in Dusseldorf after checking out a couple other examples.

Once the transfer documents were signed and the car fueled up, Manuel and his wife hit the road back to Spain. They cut south through Bavaria, Switzerland, the French Alps then on to the Spanish Pyrenees eventually winding up in Cadiz on Spain’s sunny southern coast. Finally, they and the Cecotto boarded a ferry to the Canary Islands.

As much as he loves the car, Manuel says, “neither my wife nor I will ever forget that trip, it was like a second honeymoon.” But romantic memories aside, Manuel is proud to own the street version of a highly regarded and winning race car full of charisma. He loves the way the car communicates feedback to the driver and the relatively high-revving S14 engine; additionally, the car’s manners on twisty roads make you want to keep pushing. In Manuel’s words, the car is “simply fantastic.”

His passion for BMWs is shared by the whole family and his sons each have BMW e21 3-series’. But Manuel’s love for Bavarian rockets isn’t limited to his M3 Cecotto. More recently he came across this e30 M3 convertible and although it needed to be completely reupholstered, he jumped at the chance to buy the droptop as the weather in the Canarys is so mild, year-round. Like it’s Cecotto brother, the droptop loves twisty roads whether along the coast or climbing Spain’s highest peak, Mt. Teide (over 12,000ft, 3700m). Lowering the top of this M3 and enjoying the salty sea air or cold mountain breezes and radiant sun is something that Manuel can’t get enough of. Other people love it too and Manuel says that frequently when he pulls over to take a couple of photos, others do too. It’s not hard to understand why.

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Heissemberg Jimenez Penn
Heissemberg Jimenez Penn

don manuel pero estan hermosos al igual que las fotos. y los diferentes paisajes al igual que su historia. me gusto mucho leerla el combertible tiene el mismo interior que mi e30 325e 1985 pero el mio esta en negro. aun original tengo que tapizarlo las butacas recaro que trajo. ya que están un poco feas no se que sinnifica cecotto es una marca.

Manuel Ferri
Manuel Ferri

Muchas gracias por tus palabras Heissemberg 😉 Disfruto de estos coches mucho ya que forman parte de mi gran afición por ellos. Pues lo de “M3 Cecotto” es una serie limitada de 505 M3 que BMW Motorsport quiso celebrar con sus pilotos oficiales, Johnny Cecotto y Roberto Ravaglia, cuando ganaron los títulos en la categoría DTM 88 y 89. Llevan en la consola una placa firmada por Cecotto (480 ui. y 25 Ravaglia) y el mío es el nº 353/505. Motor 2.3 con 215 cv deflectores aerodinámicos y ruedas 225/45/16″. Interior tapizado con colores Motorsport. 🙂

Beck
Beck

I can only express my absolute envy of Manuel’s collection – a pair of unique M-cars.
My dream of a Sport Evolution goes on..

Can Eyilik
Can Eyilik

Excellent M3’s my friend. All original and in great shape. Love those convertibles myself. I hope to own one day. Enjoy them in good health and let us know if you ever head down to Istanbul with any of them. I would love to meet up with my M3.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

WOW so many great pics of this beauty. These BMW M3s have always been one of my favorite BMWs. You have the practicality you need and the sportiness you want. A friend of mine once said it was “GOD’s Chariot” not sure about that but still what a car!

Chucho
Chucho

Hi there boys, a video of these two would be great, just saying 😉

Noddy
Noddy

Simply stunning. The 1980s produced the greatest cars, mainly due to the homologation requirements of Group A and Group B. BMW M engineers would do well to go for a drive in one more often to realise what they have forgotten or lost.

Manuel Ferri
Manuel Ferri

Totally agree with you Noddy, I think they have lost their way and I doubt that many cars today are tomorrow classics with this class.

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

I think the convertible is nicer, less agressive and with a more ‘daily driver’ image than the beastly Cecotto

Manuel Ferri
Manuel Ferri

Cierto Emanuel, un convertible es para disfrutarlo conduciendo por apartadas carreteras y sintiendo la brisa en la cara. En estas islas Canarias tenemos la gran suerte de tener: buen clima todo el año, parajes preciosos, puestas de sol espectaculares y sitios donde quedarte enamorado.