29 Dec 2012

Spotted - Jay Kay's BMW E30 M3 Evo 2

A very interesting BMW M3 Evo 2 has come up for sale on eBay.  Its current owner is Jay Kay, frontman with Jamiroquai.

BMW created the original E30 M3 in 1986.  It used a 2.3 litre inline 4 engine and produced 192bhp.  0-60mph took a shade under 7 seconds and the kerb weight was 1300kg.

The M3 was created by BMW to race alongside Mercedes' 190E 2.3-16 in Touring Car racing.  The original batch of Evo 1's was homologated, with 505 examples being made.  The car was then sold in Europe and America with over 16,000 units made.

The M3 differed from the standard E30 in various ways.  The chassis was the same but most of the bodywork panels were different - most obviously in the flared wheel arches to accommodate a wider tracker and wheels.  The M3 also had different brake calipers and master cylinder, a Getrag 5 speed, dogleg gearbox and aerodynamic additions including a front and rear spoiler.

In 1988 a second batch of Evo's were produced - the Evo 2.  500 were made and power increased to 220bhp thanks to a new camshaft, pistons and intake system.  Weight was lost via thinner glass in the rear and side windows, a lighter bootlid and lighter bumpers and flywheel.  The bodykit on the road car was a direct result of homologation rules which stated the aero system had to be almost identical on the homologation versions as for the race cars.  The Evo 2 also boasted larger wheels, 16 inches over the standard M3's 15 inch versions.  The Evo 2 could do 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds ands had a top speed of 149mph.

The car being sold by Jay Kay, via a local dealer, BHP, is an Evo 2 M3 from 1988 and is number 261 of 500.  The car is priced at £39,995 - which is reasonable for an Evo 2, and doesn't necessarily reflect it's celebrity status.  The car seems to be in mint condition with a full service history and has been subject to restoration work.  It's covered 71,000 miles so some restoration, to keep it in tip top condition, would be expected.

Full advert reproduced below and link to the original eBay ad is here.

For sale on behalf of Jay Kay from Jamiroquai, and part of his personal collection.

BMW E30 M3 Evo 2 - Number 261 of 500.

This 1988, F plated example has covered 77,000 miles and is an original UK registered car.

Presented in Misano Red with Silver Cloth and Half Leather Interior.

Electric Sliding Sunroof, Front Electric Windows, Central Locking, Alarm System, Original BMW Bavaria Radio Cassette, Unmarked 16" wheels.

Full Scorpion period stainless exhaust, Bespoke car cover.

This homologation special was subject to restorative work in recent years by Munich Legends and is still in particularly good order.

Supplied with 2 box files full of documentation, photographs, history, original service book and owners handbook.

40 photographs available on our website - www.bhpmsport.com

Finance arranged and part exchange taken.

Full Workshop facilities on site ranging from a minor service to full concours restoration and race preparation.

BHP are renowned High Performance Specialists.

For more information call Jez or Neil on 0845 224 1968 or 07768 115012 or 07720 076986

Alternatively click through to our website www.bhpmsport.com

Viewings by prior appointment only please.