Sebastian Müller (28) and Doreen Lorenz (23) certainly meet the description of a power couple. They live in Regensburg, he a member of the BMW works fire service, she a finance executive. And they share a passion, one with a broad stance and stunning Macao Blue paintwork: Gracing their garage is a rare “Europameister” special edition of the E30 BMW M3 built in October 1988 to mark the car’s victory in the European Touring Car Championship. Only 148 examples were made, each signed by hand by Roberto Ravaglia. This super-powered 3 Series spent a number of years in Switzerland and was once owned by sports broadcaster Bruno Roth, who wasn’t afraid to drive it as nature intended. Sebastian’s father found the M3 online and recommended it to his son, who brought it to Germany three years ago. Having covered 190,000 km (118,000 miles) and with some minor structural damage to its name, it is poised for a complete overhaul. First and foremost, the engine is currently being returned to original condition by a specialist. This, unsurprisingly, is not the work of a moment, so patience has been required.
Sebastian and Doreen have notched up fewer than 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles) in their dream car so far, but expect that number to increase rapidly from this summer when work will be complete.