An E30-generation BMW M3 Evo II in “excellent condition” will soon go on auction in the United Kingdom, where it is tipped to fetch up to R1,5-million.

As one of 500 Evo II units produced (the E30 M3, of course, wasn’t available here in South Africa; instead we had the SA-only 333i and 325iS), classic car auctioneer TheMarket.co.uk says the M3 Evo II will be sold in a “no reserve” online auction running from 29 June to 6 July.

Presented in “excellent condition” and “maintained in fully working order as part of a private collection”, the 1988 (left-hand-drive) example is expected to sell for between £50 000 (more than R1,0-million) and £70 000 (over R1,5-million).

As number 114 (chassis number WBSAK01012191700) of the 500 produced, this particular car started its life in Germany, passing through the hands of three owners before it was imported into the UK in the mid-1990s. Purchased by the current owner some 20 years ago, it was treated to an engine rebuild by Moseley Motorsport in 2010 as well as a front-end respray and wheel refurbishment.

The odometer reads 125 620 miles (a little over 200 000 km), with just 3 000 miles (4 828 km) covered since the engine was rebuilt in 2010. The M3 Evo II is finished in Macau Blue and comes with split-rim BBS alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, brake air-intakes, a front splitter and M3 Motorsport Division badges.

Inside, you’ll find the original Buffalo Silver half-leather seats with grey trim and tri-colour “M” badge, an M steering wheel and gear knob, a sliding steel sunroof, a sunblind for the rear window, upgraded speakers and a roof-mounted computer still labelled in German. The plaque on the centre console shows the build number.

The car comes with its original owner’s handbook and book pack, stamped service history booklet, a pair of keys and “some old invoices and bills” to confirm the work that has been completed over the years. As a reminder, the 2,3-litre four-cylinder “S14” engine made 164 kW when new, mated with a five-speed Getrag manual gearbox.

“The E30 M3 is a bona fide legend thanks to its stunning looks, relative ease of maintenance and the fact that it drives every bit as well as its reputation would have you believe,” said Tristan Judge, director at The Market.

“This is a hugely collectible modern classic thanks to its racing pedigree. These cars rarely come up for sale, and as a ‘no reserve’ auction, this car will definitely sell to the highest bidder, which makes for an especially exciting auction to take part in or follow online,” Judge added.