1988 BMW M3 Convertible


1988 BMW M3 Convertible

1988 BMW M3 Convertible

Somewhat of an oxymoron, BMW produced over 700 examples of the E30 M3 Cabriolet which were offered to the European markets.

In Detail

tagse30, 3er
submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atGermany
production786
price $$ 34,000
engineWater Cooled, Inline-4
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement2302 cc / 140.5 in³
bore93.4 mm / 3.68 in
stroke84.0 mm / 3.31 in
compression10.5:1
power143.2 kw / 192.0 bhp @ 6750 rpm
specific output83.41 bhp per litre
bhp/weight147.69 bhp per tonne
torque230.5 nm / 170.0 ft lbs @ 4750 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires205/55VR-16
rear tires205/55VR-16
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
front wheelsF 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Coils Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionSemi-Traling Arm w/Coils Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1300 kg / 2866 lbs
wheelbase2565 mm / 101.0 in
front track1412 mm / 55.6 in
rear track1425 mm / 56.1 in
length4346 mm / 171.1 in
width1679 mm / 66.1 in
height1369 mm / 53.9 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.83:1, 2.20:1, 1.40:1, 1.00:1, 0.81:1
final drive4.10:1
top speed~228.5 kph / 142.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~7.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~19.8 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~15.4 seconds

Auction Sales History

1989 BMW E30 M3 Convertible WBSBBO1O602385028 – sold for $77,000 Rare Convertible Version of the Iconic E30 M3. Believed to Have Traveled Approximately 38,000 Miles from New. European Market Car in a Beautiful Color Combination. Fine Example of German Engineering Excellence. Accompanied by Manuals and Service Receipts.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company