Video: Johnny Cecotto looks back on the special E30 M3 bearing his name

If you wish to perceive why individuals love the BMW E30 M3 a lot and why costs for mint fashions are so excessive, all you’ll want to do is test its historical past. Again within the 1980s, the E30 M3 was dominating touring automotive racing, which was extraordinarily well-liked again then. It managed to change into essentially the most profitable automotive within the historical past of the game within the course of and gained the DTM. Regardless that Johnny Cecotto by no means truly gained the driving force’s title, he was so profitable behind the wheel of the E30 M3 that he acquired a particular mannequin named after him.

The fellows from BMW Group Traditional invited him to the HQ of the corporate, to share his story and discuss his time behind the wheel of assorted BMW fashions and the particular E30 M3 mannequin inbuilt his honor. His greatest win for BMW was the 1992 24-hour endurance race on the Nurburgring, behind the wheel of a BMW E30 M3 Evo II with team-mates Christian Danner, Jean-Michel Martin and Marc Duez.

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As for the M3 Johnny Cecotto mannequin, it was inbuilt restricted numbers, solely 480 of them being made. Technically, the automotive was equivalent to the usual E30 M3 however used the 215 HP model of the S14 engine, which featured two catalytic converters to chop emissions. You can spot a Cecotto model by its engine valve cowl, which was painted in the identical shade because the automotive, the distinctive metallic black heart caps on the 16″ alloy wheels or the particular Anthracite or Silver M-Technic fabric seats with Bison leather-based bolsters.

As soon as inside you might simply inform which is which because the Cecotto fashions had a plaque on the sprint along with his signature on it which additionally specified which one of many 480 automobiles this was. All of them had been accessible in a selection of three colours: Misano Purple, Macao Blue Metallic or Nogaro Silver Metallic. The one within the video under, pushed by the Venezuelan pilot is in Misano Purple.

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