1988 BMW E30 320is 'Italian M3'

Price: - Item location: Orlando, Florida, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: BMW
  • Model: M3
  • SubModel: 320is 'Italian M3'
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: MTechnic II
  • Year: 1988
  • Mileage: 123,836
  • VIN: WBAAK950502800824
  • Color: Delphine Metallic (184)
  • Engine size: S14B20
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Power options: Electric Fan, Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Close Ratio Getrag 260 5spd Dogleg
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Anthracite Cloth
  • Safety options: Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Options: Rear Headrests, Slick Top (No Sunroof), 15" BBS Eurobasketweave wheels, Sport Seats, Map lights, Cassette Player
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1988 BMW M3 320is 'Italian M3'

Here is your chance to own a very rare, incredibly fun, meticulously maintained, and completely original E30!

FOR SALE 1 of 2,540 2-Door E30 320is built for the Italian and Portuguese markets
1 of only 4 registered 2-Door 320is in the USA (All import duties are paid, proper documentation filed, clear FL title)

Exterior: Delphine Metallic
Interior: Anthracite Cloth

Engine: S14 2.0L (De-stroked S14 from E30 M3 producing just 8HP less than US spec M3)
Gearbox: Close-Ratio 5-Speed Dogleg
Rear End: 3.46:1 rear end with LSD
Mileage: 123,836
Sport Seats
Electric Windows
Slick Top (Factory Sunroof Delete)
Electric Cooling Fan
Map Lights
Rear Headrests
Recent Service:
New Tires
Replacement OEM Steering Rack
Replacement OEM Exhaust
Cooling Fan Tested and Cleaned
Complete A/C conversion R134A (NEW OEM: Condenser, Evaporator, Expansion Valve, High Pressure Switch, Low Pressure Switch, Receiver Dryer, High Pressure Line, All O-Rings replaced with R134A O-Rings)

The 320is was built as a replacement for the overly taxed and poorly selling 325i in the Italian and Portuguese markets. Nicknamed the 'Italian M3' for its capabilities and limited market exposure the 320is is so much more than a 325i replacement. Sporting a modified S14 engine, close ratio dogleg gearbox and MTech suspension the 320is is the ultimate E30 sleeper.

If you have any specific questions or would like more information feel free to contact me.

Additional information can be found at the below links.

Additional Photos of Car: http://www.imgur.com/gallery/izk2p

Documentation and Service Records: http://www.imgur.com/a/w8Xod

MRegistry write-up: http://www.bmwmregistry.com/model_faq.php?id=10

Popular Article: http://www.theeurophile.com/reviews/2014/3/8/the-bmw-320is-is-better-than-an-m3

A few excerpts from the Europhile article:

When the German car magazine Auto Motor Und Sport tested the 320is against the M3 they wrote, “The bigger engine actually has less power in the lower rpm range. A fourth gear run from 40 to 100 kph took the M3 13.6 seconds but the 320is only took 12.8.” They said the 2 liter engine revved more smoothly and finished the article by writing, “Less is indeed more.”

Or as Auto Motor Und Sport wrote, “The 320is reacts to the slightest steering action more willing than the M3, appears to be handling better, but also demands more attention from its driver than the good-natured and understeering M3.”

BMW World Magazine tested the 320is against an EVO2 M3 and came away saying, “It’s the 320is I’d take home.”

Bimmer Magazine tested the 320is in 2009 and wrote,” Like the E30 M3 sold in the US, the Italian 320is is highly strung. But unlike the M3, however, it hides its demeanor beneath an elegant and restrained exterior. Don't be fooled by appearances: driving the 320is is like an affair fueled by passion and adrenaline. I want it, and badly!”