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1987 BMW E30 M3

The M3 was presented as the first M model in the BMW 3 Series at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1985. It was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH with the aim of creating a basic vehicle for motor sport and also developing a sporty automobile suitable for everyday road use. This M3 became the most successful touring car in motor sport.

From 1986 through 1990, a total of 17,184 examples were produced. The 1987 version was powered by a four-cylinder, 2302cc engine offering nearly 200 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Disc brakes could be found at all four corners.


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The BMW Motorsport department was tasked with designing and building a powerful, lightweight derivative of the three series. The purpose of the M3 was to compete in the FIA Group A racing. Over five-thousand examples were hand-built by BMW Motorsport. The first series M3 was based on the E30 platform and was introduced to Europe in 1986 and the United States a year later. The first series stayed....
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The story of an exception: the BMW M3 is 25.

The anticipation began in August 1985. That summer Germanys automobile magazines built up their readers expectations for the fastest 3 Series BMW of all times. The key data revealed a sports car that would punch way above its class 200 hp, top speed in excess of 230 kmh, sprint from a standing start to 100 kmh inside 6.7 seconds. However, the story was that the most dynamic BMW 3 Series drivers....
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The Champion in Touring Car Racing. 25 years ago the BMW M3 started its unique series of victories.

In August 1985, a rumour surfaced in motor magazine Auto-Deutschland which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use. Speculation about this dream car that could take to normal roads and was intended for the Most dynamic among BMW 3 Series....
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1987 Vehicle Profiles

1987 BMW E30 M3 vehicle information

Alpina Coupe

Chassis Num: M3-48

The BMW ALPINA M3 DTM Group A, based on the first generation (E30) BMW M3, signaled ALPINA's comeback to motorsports after a ten year hiatus. In 1987 this car competed in German, European and World Touring Car events with Andy Bovensiepen being one o....[continue reading]

1987 BMW E30 M3 vehicle information

Coupe

In 1984, a new race series for production cars began in Germany, called Deutschen Produktionswagen Meisterschaft or German Production Car Championship. The series featured modified cars that could be purchased from the dealers' showrooms and w....[continue reading]

Alpina Coupe
Chassis #: M3-48 
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December 2019
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November 2019
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October 2019
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September 2019
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July 2019
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3BMW
1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)63,618
1991Honda (659,659)Oldsmobile (474,837)Nissan (405,147)63,646
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)63,646
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)64,881
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)73,359
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)87,839
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)96,759
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)87,832
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)87,832
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)407,507
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)63,618

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