1989 BMW M3 Cabriolet Custom Clone
1989 BMW M3 Cabriolet Custom CloneSource: wsbk996
Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.
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Posted: 06 Nov 2010
BMW only made 786 E30 M3 convertibles. All of them were assembled by hand at BMW M's Garching facility, much like the E28 M5s and E34 M5s. Bodies were supplied from the normal E30 assembly lines, then fitted at Garching with the special drivetrain, chassis and interior. Non of these 786 cars were officially sold in US. When new, the E30 M3 cabriolet's cost was twice as much as standard e30 325 convertible. These cars are uber rare and expensive ! Although, there are less than 10 real e30 M3 convertibles in US, I never wanted to import the real one as I knew I would want to paint it in custom color, go with custom engine, suspension and do a custom interior. Real e30 M3 cabrios go for 35-40 thousand Euros, add the cost of federalization, shipping etc.. and you are easily looking into $60-$70k car (at least) which would still have 20+ year old paint, suspension, interior, etc... Thus this project was born...
Built on clean title 1989 US Spec 325i convertible chassis this car is registered, insured and inspected in NJ.
This is a short list of mods:
Engine / Transmission / Exhaust:
30k Mile 1999 BMW E36 M3 S52 OBDII Motor and 5 speed gearbox
UUC Lightweight Flywheel
UUC Carbon Race clutch
Race skid front skid plate (protects oil pan)
New aluminum race radiator, electric fan
Adjustable fuel pressure regulator
K&N Filter, all new hoses, belts, clamps, engine mounts, etc..
3.46 E24 LSD, new synthetic fluids and bushings
UUC Exhaust with twin custom tips
A/C system ice cold, Full 134a Conversion, New A/C compressor, custom A/C lines
Battery relocated to the trunk, E30 M3 oem cables
All new wiring, sensors, plugs, etc..etc..
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From WikipediaThe BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the BMW 3-Series, developed by BMW's in-house motorsport division, BMW M. M3 models have been derived from the E30, E36, E46 and E90/E92/E93 3-series, and sold with coupé, saloon and convertible body styles. Upgrades over the "standard" 3-Series automobiles include more powerful and responsive engines, improved handling/suspension/braking systems, aerodynamic body enhancements, and interior/exterior accents with the tri-colour "M" (Motorsport) emblem.
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