Street Parked: SELU M3 by the SLUT stop

BMW hit a grand slam 8-ender touchdown hat trick from pole position with the E30 M3. Many people, your humble enthusiast scribe included, feel that the E30 M3 is the most pure expression of BMW’s ultimate driving machine.

SELU M3 turns heads by the park

The E30 M3 was based on the E30 chassis 3 series BMW born during the height of the late 80s yuppie era of BMWs, when any young professional worth their salt did whatever was needed to get a set of keys to a 325. The E30 series was a small and nimble car and in 325is trim was a capable corner carver.

The M3 was a weaponized version of the 3 series, developed for Group A Touring Car racing. It used a mix of parts from e28 five series as well as bespoke BMW Motorports parts to create this legendary giant killer found parked in the South Lake Union Park car park. The look is decidedly butch with box flares (which makes anything look awesome) and a purposeful wing on the trunk. While the rest of the body looks like a normal E30 coupe, the M3 uses different body panels designed to optimize aerodynamics; the only panels shared with the normal E30 being the roof, hood and sunroof.

E30 M3 raises masts by the Center for Wooden Boats

The heart of the E30 M3 is its engine. Based on the block used in the trusty M10 which motivated the 2002 and 320, the M3’s S14 featured a twin cam cylinder head modeled after the one used on the exotic M1 sportscar. Individual throttle bodies feed each cylinder the air needed to produce around 200hp (slightly more in later, rarer “Evo” models). The M3 is a very balanced car that rewards speed maintenance with a willing rev range. Driving one is a must for every enthusiast.

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