Where is the line between "enthusiast" and madness? We may have just crossed it. An 8,000-mile 1988 E30 BMW M3 sold today at Bring a Trailer for $250,000. That's right, a quarter of a million dollars.
Now yes, it's a nice-looking car, done up in Zinnoberrot red with tan interior. Yes, it has been driven a mere 250 or so miles per year — and it rolled out of Germany years before the Berlin Wall came down. Yes, it's done up in desirable M finery like a factory Sport Evolution spoiler and basket weave wheels. It's even said to have a clean Carfax. The interior is spotless, and you could eat schnitzel off its 2.3-liter inline-four. The car in its day made 192 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque (though given its time-traveling nature and gavel price, you could say it's never had a finer day than today). It really is fabulous, and all that an E30 connoisseur could hope for.
To grasp just how much of an outlier it is, check out the chart of BaT E30 M3 sales. That's our car, way up there in the right-hand corner where the red arrow is. The previous highest sale appears to be just north of $100,000, and even that one was an outlier:
There's a lot of chatter in the BaT comments, of course, about the high price. But one commenter wisely points out that he lost more than $250,000 in the stock market with nothing to show for it, and at least the buyer has this beautiful car. Another notes that there's probably a great story involving this particular car and particular buyer that made it a must-have. The winner was newly registered on BaT, probably expressly for this car.
If you have the cash and the kismet, then it's nobody's business but your own.
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