The Rarest M3s

Every time I browse the internet, I can’t stop reading and being amazed by the automotive culture that’s out there.

I’m not going to lie, I feel jealous most of the time. Understand this, I live on an Island with less than 900,000 people, so I often think “Come on, look at all these big countries with their rich automotive scenes” but the truth is, I can’t complaint too much.

2018 Speedhunters The Rarest M3s by Aaron Perez-01

If you are involved in anything that you have passion for, you have likely also had times where you were bored of everything and felt uninspired. That was me, last summer. However, it was also at this time when I got word of a family with a couple of cars that made me incredibly happy.

The idea of two E30s felt a bit like “so what” at first. With the popularity of drifting, E30s can almost be seen around every corner these days. But then, I heard the story.

Manuel has been in love with the E30 M3 since day one. He saved his money until he was able to afford his dream car, but he was unable to find the perfect example here on the Canary Islands. With the support of his wife, he took his family for a two-week holiday to the motherland of the BMW, where he found not only an M3 but a limited production example, an M3 Cecotto.

How could I resist telling that story? Find out more and about why he decided to add another rare piece to the family in the video (which is available with English subtitles).

Aarón Pérez


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Always thought the E30 M3 was over rated until I drove one last summer. Awesome cars that really scoot through corners and have good pick up. Great interiors and steering feel. Too bad they are so much money now!

Aarón Pérez

Yes! M3s are more different from the others E30s than I Expected. I guess the pedigree and reputation fits them right!


Well said!


Beautiful story. Keep it in the family.

Aarón Pérez

It is Indeed! I was very amazed when they told it for the first time.


Beammer family


I'm currently driving the Poor Man`s M3, but boy oh boy, I will have one of those in the future. This car is special in a way no other is. Thank you for this awesome story, it was a pleasure to be part of it!


What's that? a 318is?



Aarón Pérez

I'm glad you like it! As we all can learn from Manuel, never give up!

frelin xavier

Shooted in tenerife island no?? i felt in admiration in front of an old m3 parked in font of a karting track of tenerife a few years ago...sold for something like 20000 euros ...i would have killed someone to put it in a container back to continental Europe...this car loos great!!!

Aarón Pérez

It is Tenerife indeed! Good Eye! Every now and then one pops out for sale. This island has a lot hidden gems that we never get to see untill they are sold