1995 BMW M3

Update 9/13/18: This M3 sold for $19,201

While it was the E30 M3 that I lusted over as a young teen, I came of driving age with the introduction of the second generation E36. I still remember sitting in one just like today’s; a 1995 Avus Blue with gray manual Vaders. At nearly $40,000, it was about as far away from me as the moon landing, but it was my dream car. I didn’t really care that the engine wasn’t the special individual throttle body motor Europe got, or that the headlights weren’t as nice. I cared that it was in the U.S., it was a great color, and because they were being sold that meant that I might be able to get one some day.

Fast forward to today, and if I’m completely honest Avus Blue isn’t my favorite color from the early M3 lineup anymore. Given the option, I’d take either a Dakar Yellow or Daytona Violet example. But all three are fairly rare to see among the first 10,000-odd 3.0 M3s brought in before the light revision to the 3.2, when the color pallet changed. Few appear in the low-mileage, completely original condition of this particular Avus Blue and for me it’s a reminder of everything I loved the first time I saw it:

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Year: 1995
Model: M3
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 39,114 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1995 BMW M3 . 39,104 k ORIGINAL MILES , SECOND OWNER , GARAGE KEPT , ADULT OWNED , NEVER RACED , CLEAN CAR , DINAN SOFTWARE CHIP , DINAN THROTTLE BODY AND DINAN EXHAUST , SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY , CLEAN FLORIDA TITLE, ALL BOOKS AND MANUALS , . I HAVE BEEN THE OWNER OF THE CAR FOR 10 YRS ,

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Avus Blue probably isn’t as highly desirable and associated with the chassis quite as much as the later Estoril Blue, but this is still the car that tugs at my heartstrings. Condition appears to be very good to excellent throughout and commensurate with the low mileage on the chassis. EBay is showing that the car was in a minor accident at some point; recently, I listened to a podcast with the head of Enthusiast Auto Group where he explained that any car that doesn’t have matching VIN tags on the body panels is automatically dismissed from their view. From a collector standpoint, perhaps that stance will carry through to the rest of the market. For the rest of us, perhaps that means that the pricing remains more reasonable, as it should on an early E36 M3 anyway. Bids have hit $12,000 so far, still far from the high point for the chassis and less than a similar mileage Daytona Violet example recently sold for. Will this car hit the $31,000 that the lightly modded purple one did? That would seem unlikely, but this car should be trading quite a bit higher than it currently sits.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. I much prefer the look of these to the facelifted E36. Nice example, but my pick would be one in Daytona Violet with the luxury package that had the wood trim (I remember seeing it in a magazine when these came out).

  2. I had a ‘95 hellrot M3, bought it in January 2000 and kept it for 13 years. Did some Dinan mods along the way, drove it 167k miles, no major issues, should never have sold it. It was a much better daily driver than my e30 M3. Va.ues are starting to trend up, about time it gets sone recognition.

  3. Sold for $19,201.

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