S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3

S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3 up for auction

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S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3 up for auction. This 1990 BMW M3 is a modified example that is finished in metallic black and is powered by a 3.6-liter S38 inline-six mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Additional modifications include an AP Racing Big Brake kit, Bilstein shocks, Ireland Engineering sway bars, 17” BBS LM wheels, a carbon fiber hood, a TC Kline half-roll cage, Recaro Profi XL bucket seats with Schroth harnesses, an Alcantara-wrapped M-Tech II steering wheel, and a factory-look stereo with Bluetooth capability. The car was acquired by the seller from Enthusiast Auto Group of Cincinnati, Ohio in 2015, and work has since consisted of installing Ground Control suspension components as well as replacing the engine mounts, alternator, and carpets. This modified E30 M3 features a California BAR sticker and is now offered with spare parts, service records, an accident-free Carfax report, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.

The body was finished from the factory in Diamond Black Metallic and was repainted under previous ownership. A carbon fiber hood, front lip spoiler, and rear wing extension have been added, along with bright red-painted trim on the front and rear bumpers. A chip in the windshield and in the front spoiler are shown in the gallery in addition to blemishes in the paint.

17” BBS LM wheels are mounted with 235/40 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires. An AP Racing Big Brake kit has reportedly been installed in addition to Bilstein shocks, Ireland Engineering sway bars, and other Ground Control suspension components. S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3.

S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3

The interior features black Recaro Profi XL bucket seats with Schroth Racing harnesses along with black and grey door panels and replacement grey BMW carpeting that was installed during current ownership. The rear seats have been removed and a TC Klein half-roll cage has been fitted. Additional amenities include a factory-look stereo with Bluetooth capability, a replacement leather shift knob, M-branded floor mats, and air conditioning. The removed factory stereo and a second shifter are included in the sale, and the seller notes sagging in the rear headliner.

An Alcantara-wrapped M-Tech II steering wheel fronts VDO instrumentation that includes a 160-mph speedometer, an M5 8k-rpm tachometer with a nested oil temperature gauge, and coolant temperature and fuel-level gauges. The six-digit odometer shows 21k miles, around 5k of which were added by the seller. True mileage is unknown.

S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3

The 3.6-liter S38B36 inline-six is reportedly fitted with Schrick camshafts and was installed during previous ownership. The alternator and engine mounts are said to have been replaced by the seller.


Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Getrag five-speed manual transmission reportedly sourced from an E28 535i and a limited-slip differential. Additional underside photos are shown in the gallery.


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S38-Powered 1990 BMW M3

A California BAR sticker is located in the driver’s door jamb and is shown above.

The Carfax report indicates no accidents or damage and displays history in California, Washington, and Ohio from its first update in April 1992 through its most recent entry in July 2019. A Not Actual Mileage title was issued in Washington in 1997, and mileage inconsistencies are shown in 2008 and 2013.

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