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  Lot 48
 

1997 BMW M3 Evolution Convertible
The property of former WBC World Champion Robin Reid

Estimated at £16,000 - £20,000


Lot details

Registration No: T.B.A.
Chassis No: WBSBK92070EX65710
MOT: March 2023

  • Supplied new to, and still owned by, former Olympic medallist and WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Robin Reid
  • Customised upon delivery with a Zeemax ZM3 wide body kit, Momo quick-release steering wheel, Kenwood stereo and Alpina alloy wheels etc at a cost of circa £9,000
  • Finished in Estoril Blue Metallic with Grey Nappa leather upholstery, Dark Blue hood and factory hardtop
  • Previously featured in 'Fast Car' magazine
  • 1 of only 2,107 RHD examples made

Faster and more refined than its homologation-bred predecessor, the second (E36) generation of BMW’s iconic M3 debuted in November 1992. Initially available in Coupe guise, Convertible and Saloon variants were added two years later. Boasting the highest specific power output of any normally aspirated engine in the world (96bhp per litre), the BMW’s 3.0 litre straight-six developed some 286bhp and 232lbft of torque. Sitting some 31mm lower than its 3-Series siblings, the E36 M3 utilised the same multi-link rear axle as the marque’s Z1 Roadster together with thicker anti-roll bars and uprated springs/dampers. Judged by ‘Car and Driver’ magazine to be the finest handling car that money could buy in 1995, the following year saw the BMW gain a more potent 3.2 litre engine (320bhp / 258lbft) and six-speed manual transmission. Marketed by BMW GB as the M3 Evolution, the E36 M3 3.2 was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and limited to 155mph. Only 2,107 of the 71,242 E36 M3s made were RHD Evolution Convertibles.

Offered for sale by its original owner – none other than former Olympic medallist and WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Robin Reid – chassis EX65710 was built in April 1997 and finished in Estoril Blue metallic with Light Grey Nappa leather upholstery. Just twenty-six years old when he bought the BMW, Reid had it customised with a Zeemax ZM3 wide body kit, Momo quick-release steering wheel, Kenwood stereo and Alpina 18-inch alloy wheels at an additional cost of £9,000. Kept garaged and little used in recent years, the four-seater started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. Impressively smart for a twenty-five year old car, this head-turning M3 Evolution Convertible is offered for sale with a V5 Registration Document, MOT certificate valid until March 2023 and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737


PLEASE NOTE: This Lot is currently undergoing a cherished number plate transfer with the vendor retaining ‘ROB 131R’. Potential purchasers are reminded of Clause 13.1 in the H&H Terms & Conditions of Business which states the following:

13.1 Where a Lot is illustrated by a photograph, in the case of a vehicle with a registration number visible, that number will not be transferred with the vehicle to the Buyer unless the registration particulars appear in the written part of the description and the transfer has been authorised by the Seller. If the vehicle is sold to the Buyer before the formalities of the allocation of a different registration number to that vehicle are completed with the DVLA, the Buyer accepts that he will take all steps necessary to co-operate with either the Seller or the Auctioneer to have the number re-transferred to the Seller or as may be, and will take no steps to register the vehicle with the number in his name.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the catalogue went to press, we have been told that this Lot was supplied new by Benham (Specialist Cars) Ltd of Manchester. Although, Mr Reid has owned the BMW from new it was company registered before being put in his name. The accompanying book pack contains a service book with stamps at 2,253 (Running In), 7,343, 14,707, 23,885, 31,234, 38,147, 46,243, 53,941, 65,420 and 71,142 miles. The M3 was last worked on by the Apollo Motor Company and currently displays some 120,000 miles.

Condition Report

PLEASE NOTE: Since the catalogue went to press, we have been told that this Lot was supplied new by Benham (Specialist Cars) Ltd of Manchester. Although, Mr Reid has owned the BMW from new it was company registered before being put in his name. The accompanying book pack contains a service book with stamps at 2,253 (Running In), 7,343, 14,707, 23,885, 31,234, 38,147, 46,243, 53,941, 65,420 and 71,142 miles. The M3 was last worked on by the Apollo Motor Company and currently displays some 120,000 miles.

 

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