Year: 1991 | Price: £57,500 | Engine: 2.0–2.5 L S14 I4

Sam Hancock’s take: “When a manufacturer like BMW wants to race a ‘hot’ version of one of their models, they’re compelled by the rules to offer a reasonable number of road-legal versions to the public. These cars are known as ‘homologation specials’ and few are more true to the homologation spirit than the M3.

Perhaps underwhelming to drive by current standards, the boxy E30 is cherished by purists, as the price on this example attests. I can hardly think of a cooler daily drive, but proceed with caution as, like all M3s, it will likely have been driven hard throughout its life so maintenance records and an inspection are a must.”

Designed between 1986 and 1991, the BMW M3 is an iconic machine that displays the coveted boxiness of many ‘80s and ‘90s greats. While it may look much like a standard 3-Series coupe on the outside, under the bonnet it’s certainly a racer. The BMW M3 was described by BMW chairman Peter Flohr as ‘a sports car within the financial reach of private racing drivers and with sophisticated but straightforward and unproblematic technical features.’

These technical features included independent front and rear suspension with gas dampers, anti-roll bar and servo-assisted, vented-disc brakes. Along with these changes, the M3 boasted a more rigid and aerodynamic body with flared wheel arches accommodating a wider track as well as larger wheels and tyres.

This 1991 BMW M3 presents in great condition. The rare Alpine White paint work contrasts with an anthracite interior, both of which are in near-perfect condition. Having travelled less that 1,000 miles in the last 12 years, it’s begging to be let loose once more.

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