1997 BMW M3 E36

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Alpine White | Coupé | 6 Speed Manual | 3.2 litre Inline 6 | 91,653 kms | SOLD


The low-key E36 M3 debuted in February, 1992 and right out of the box it was praised for preserving the fire that ignited its legendary predecessor and pioneering many firsts.

It was the first M3 powered by a six-cylinder engine displacing 2990 cc and developing a fluidly available 282 hp. It was the first M3 to be built in right-hand drive and the first BMW generation to offer VANOS- a variable valve timing system that perpetually adjusts the engines camshafts so maximum torque is available under partial and full load.

In September 1995, the M3 facelift version of the coupe was introduced and featured a higher capacity S50 3.2 litre engine producing 315HP mated with a 6 speed manual transmission.

At the time, it compared favourably against the NSX, F355, the Carrera S, and the Supra Turbo and its less ostentatious styling cleverly hid race-proven tech like aerodynamic side mirrors, front and rear aprons, motor-sport 17-inch lightweight alloys, arguably the finest sport seat ever manufactured and a 3-centimetre lower ride height than its less powerful siblings.

Available here is a 1997 BMW E36 M3 delivered new by Col Crawford BMW, Brookvale in May of 1997 and optioned with manual transmission and Alcantara “M” cloth interior.

Fastidiously maintained, this M3 looks, feels and drives like new and is a testament to its documented 91,650 kilometres travelled.

Accompanied by one of the best service records we’ve found that includes original owners’ manuals, warranty and service booklets with receipts too this M3 also comes with a complete and original tool kit, original keys and a host of factory options including, sunroof, wide pack wheels, 6 stacker cd with original head unit, factory alarm, cruise control and rear retractable blinds.

There’s never been a better time to secure this modern classic as this generation of Youngtimer collectables begins to climb stratospheric heights in interest and value. Australian delivery is important too as we received higher-compression European engines producing forty-six more horsepower than its U.S. counterparts.

An appointment is a must to truly appreciate how well this 22-year-old M3 has been kept and experiencing the incredibly well-balanced drive will underscore why BMW are renowned for building the ultimate driving machines.

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