A History of the BMW M3

by Christopher Paul on June 26, 2010

A few people know I love to drive. I picked up the appreciation for the road, the wind in your hair, and the scenery from my father who collected and restored old cars in his spare time. He’d take my brothers and I to get ice cream and Italian Ice with the convertible top down in the summer and I loved every aspect of the experience.

He was always a fan of the American cars like the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird. I, on the other hand, almost immediately fell in love with the BMW 3 Series. I can’t really say what drew me to it – looks, maybe – but whatever it was, the more I found out about the engineering, philosophy, and design of the German carmaker, the more I wanted one. Eventually, I was able to lease a 2002 3 Series and while I don’t have it anymore, it remains one of my fondest car memories and I miss it every day.

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But I’m not without my Bimmer. A few years ago, I was walking in town and found a magnificent 1990 3 Series convertible for sale. It was inexpensive, ran great, and I practically bought it on the spot. Its a fantastic ride and I dread the day I have to get rid of it. If I do, though, I’ll want to replace it with this:

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The BMW E30 M3.

Just look at it! A perfect piece of machinery that offers the driver raw power, precise control, and a profound connection to the road. And lets not forget to mention the sharp lines that helped define BMW style that others continue to imitate.

You might not be able to fully appreciate what the car has to offer without driving one. But BMWBlog has put together a series of photos and videos that should help explain why so many people flock to BMW and the M3 in particular. I’ve embedded the first of a series of videos below which highlights the first M3 models but click on the link below to see the rest of 25 year history.

After watching the video, I’m going to put away the keyboard and take the car out for a spin with the top down. See you later!

BMW M3 25th Anniversary – Four Generations in 30 Minutes – BMWBlog

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