When it comes to E36 M3s, Dakar Yellow gets my blood pumping. Grey M-Cloth interiors only amplify the effect further. This is a very cool car, with an unexpected (and super rare) sport cloth interior beneath its Dakar Yellow flanks. The Motorsports wheels and largely stock appearance (save for a slight drop) add to this car’s seemingly honest presentation, but the rear M3 badge is tweaked just enough that I wonder if part of the car was repainted at one point. Still, that interior is very much sought after and could be worth the price of admission alone. But while updates like the Depo headlights are welcome, some details on this S52 M3′s maintenance history would be appreciated more.
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Welcome back to Week in Review. We apologize for not getting this out sooner, but with GCFSB staff on the move with summer travels and your managing editor dealing with a move, we were a bit tied up. But let’s take this chance to recap the last month of vehicles we have featured:
There are plenty of people that think that the E36 M3 came to the U.S. in neutered form, but if you drive one you’ll realize that they’re pretty capable cars right out of the box. But BMW knew that the M3 would be hitting the track, and right out of the box they offered a more track-focused version. Stripped down and with extra aerodynamic equipment, the Lightweight was an instant hit with club racers and track addicts, but many enthusiasts still felt that they deserved the full-fat M3. However, if the recent trends with the E30 have taught us anything, it’s that even the less-special versions of the special cars will still command stronger money, and the Lightweight is certainly one of the more special E36 cars. Details like the moveable splitter and stackable rear wing, along with those great Motorsport-colored flags and forged wheels; I’ve loved this car since the first time I saw one pop up at the track in late 95:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight on eBay
When I owned my 1988 BMW 325is, I lusted after an E24 M6. Even though the E30 was a more current design, the lure of “the shark” was strong, but out of reach for me financially. Today, a curious thing has happened. It seems that an E30 in good nick with the right specification is gaining ground on E24 M6 values. But just how long will this continue, as collectors become more hip to the virtues of the original 6 series with the Motorsports badge? Today we’ll take a cruise around Craigslist and scope out the M6s currently on offer, starting with this very clean 1988 model for sale in San Francisco.
Click for more details: 1988 BMW M6 on San Francisco’s Craigslist
Not a bad way to buy an E30 M3 – travel to the land of sunshine and palm trees, find some quiet roads with small roadside stands selling native fruit, and then ship the beast home to wherever you lay your head. This ’86 M3 isn’t perfect and wears a few battle scars, but it’s got some cool Euro-market features like headlight washers and the German check panel. It should also have the Euro-market rear first-aid kit and warning triangle, but who knows if those have survived the years. The red striping is a nice touch, as are the M-stripes on the hood (whether those were a factory option or aftermarket application is unknown). However, the aftermarket stereo, flooded OBC screen and wrong-way facing rear speakers all speak to a car that’s had some miles put on her, so any long-distance buyers would be wise to get a proper PPI.