1996 BMW M3
Lot 360
1996 BMW M3 Coupe Chassis no. WBSBG9321TEY72239
US$ 7,000 - 10,000
£4,200 - 6,000
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Lot Details
1996 BMW M3 Coupe
Chassis no. WBSBG9321TEY72239
• 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder
• Five-speed manual transmission

• A sports car icon of the 1990s
• Tastefully modified for performance

When BMW re-introduced the M3 to the North American market via the six-cylinder E36-platform variant for the 1995 model year, the automotive journalism establishment was sent into a frenzy. Never before had there been such a devastatingly quick, true four-seater production car with handling as crisp as the E36. Car and Driver quickly recognized this by putting the E36 M3 on their "10Best" list, and others followed.

This M3, from the Oldenburg Collection, was produced in April 1996 – the first year the venerable 3.2-liter S52 inline-six cylinder became standard equipment, offering 240bhp and increased torque of 240lb-ft from the previous 3.0-liter's 225lb-ft.

This car, from the Oldenburg Collection, has received a number of upgrades with an eye towards performance – devouring lonely backroads being the E36 M3's specialty. To that end, the car features four-wheel coilover suspension with adjustable ride height, a stainless-steel cat-back exhaust system, 18-inch AC Schnitzer wheels, and a K&N air filter. This is a sunroof-equipped model, and we are advised by the vendor that this vehicle has been stored during the winters and not driven in the salt. We are also advised that the clutch has been replaced once during its lifetime.

As the early E30 M3s become increasingly desirable drivable investments, E36s are likely to follow the same path. This is a great chance to acquire a sports car icon of the 1990s, a good looking, driver-quality E36 Coupe with the desirable S52 motor and 5-speed manual transmission.

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