Monday, 16 February 2015

E30 M3 Evo

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

This is a fairly savage interpretation of the E30 3 Series platform, made all the more intriguing by its relative subtlety. Under the bonnet is an S50B32 - the uprated 3.2-litre unit from the E36 M3 Evo - with glorious polished trumpets on the stock ITBs. The interior is a pleasing fusion of form and function, featuring Sparco buckets, harnesses, a custom rollcage and all kinds of weight-loss measures, while the exterior is artfully squatting (thanks to some Gaz coilovers) over a set of OZ Racing wheels liberated from a Monte Carlo-edition Escort Cosworth. What's coolest of all is that it doesn't have any obvious spoilers, splitters or aero addenda, or the box arches of the E30 M3, or indeed anything much to warn the unsuspecting that there's a bucketful of world-class firepower humming away within. It's just a beautifully built and slightly surprising old-school BMW. Looks great, doesn't it?

Spotted at the 2014 Retro Show - click here for more photos. (The car is also featured in this month's Retro Cars magazine...)

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