Market Finds: This BMW M3 EVO2 Was Never Imported to the US

This BMW M3 EVO2 Was Never Imported to the US

By Petrolicious
June 12, 2014

The car: 1988 BMW M3 EVO2

Price: $90,000

Location: La Jolla, California, USA

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Remember when the BMW E30 M3 arrived in America? Sure, it was down five horsepower compared to its European brethren, but 192 horses from a naturally aspirated four was über impressive, ja? The ‘Evolution’ homologation special upped the ante with more horsepower, bigger wheels, different spoilers, and several lightweight tricks. There were three Evolution iterations before the next-gen M3 debuted in 1992.

But Evolution models were never imported in the U.S., yet this is an EVO2 (the second in the series) right here in the U.S.! Aside from the obvious visual tweaks it’s quite special on several other fronts too: only five hundred were ever built, all with 217 horsepower and that funky “dogleg” Getrag five-speed without overdrive. The seller states this 1988 Macau Blue EVO2 is number 463 and “is a French car purchased in Belgium” with 104,000 miles. He repainted the trunklid, and front and rear spoilers, while the gray interior is “excellent and original.” Homologation specials always hold a soft spot in collector’s hearts, so even though it costs three times what a regular E30 M3 might, it could possibly hold up to the scrutiny of time.

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Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in this car, do your homework and research it extensively before you buy.

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Alec DeJovani
Alec DeJovani
10 years ago

Maybe a die hard collector would pick this up, but for most guys, M3’s are drivers and ninety grand for an 80’s Bimmer just doesn’t make sense no matter how you spin it.

Benjamin Shahrabani
10 years ago

Pricey but rare. I suppose its almost market price in the UK/Europe, but here its 3x the price of a “nice” regular E30 M3. Maybe the better play is to buy a regular one, and buy some genuine EVO parts for it?

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