Spotted for sale is the BMW E30 M3- 1991 DTM Spa 24hr Winner in the UK.
BMW E30 M3-1991 DTM Spa 24hr Winner
Chassis #120807 Was supplied to BMW Works Team Bigazzi where it was driven by Steve Soper and Armin Hahne for the 1991 DTM season, after which it was converted to endurance specification for an attack on the 1992 Spa 24 hour race. After sitting in pole position for the majority of the qualifying session Steve Soper was bumped into second position by his DTM team mate Armin Hahne, it was an all M3 front row with both Bigazzi cars after a valiant effort from both the Schnitzer and Cibiemme teams running identical cars leading works Nissan Skylines and no less than nineteen Porsche 911’s! The race was on and it was not a given by any means. Although the Soper/Danner/Martin car was in contention for a lot of the race after a touch between Soper and a back marker it put the Bigazzi car two laps down on the similar lead car from Schnitzer, Soper et al would not give up the fight though and for the last stint the tin top legend was again back behind the wheel, with one hour to go and over a minute behind Eric Van de Poele in the leading Schnitzer car Soper went into full attack mode, squeezing every last rev the trusty 2.5 S14 could muster, which by this point had over 25 hours at flat out! It was on the penultimate lap that Soper got a cleaner exit from the Bus Stop and held off Van De Poele to win the legendary 24hr race by a mere 0.4 seconds! The smallest margin in 24 hour history.
As was the case with all the works BMW’s they were merely leased to their partner teams, after the race #120807 was de-liveried and returned to BMW works, it was then sold on an “as is” basis (whereby apart from the livery removed it was still as it finished the race) to one of their long term partnership sponsors, Watsons Water.
Upon its arrival in the Far East #120807 took on a new identity as the Watsons Water car as driven by Emanuele Pirro (although as far as records can establish Pirro never drove this car) and placed on static display in the Macau Grand Prix Museum where it happily lived for the next 25 years!
In this time historians and enthusiasts alike were searching for the famous 92 Spa Winning Bastos car, but although it looked like it had simply disappeared it was merely hiding in plain sight!
After it’s slumber the owner asked world renown E30 M3 experts Amspeed of Silverstone England to inspect the car, and upon their research it was confirmed by BMW that this was indeed the missing Spa 24 Winning car, it was muted in that had they known this at the time the car would have never been sold.
The owner then commissioned Amspeed to a full mechanical rebuild as #120807 was literally as it had finished the Spa race, it was noted that there were a number of broken valve springs which was put down to using all of the revs and possibly a few more!
The team at Amspeed carried out a very thorough full mechanical rebuild along with a very sympathetic body restoration and returned it back into its iconic Bastos-Fina livery with the spend totalling some £60,000.
#120807 having had only three owners in its illustrious 30 year history is ready for its next custodian whereby it would be welcomed at all the great motoring events or indeed be used for the main purpose of it life, to be raced in anger for the first time since the famous Spa 24.
This is arguably the most important BMW E30 M3 in private hands the world over.