It’s always fun to see what the creative engineers can come up with out there. The guys at CG Motorsports clearly wanted to show their building skills, so they went a roundabout way of making an E36 DTM-style M3 tribute, albeit in show/street-car guise. I will admit to a guilty love of wide-bodies, though this love is confusingly matched with a distaste for wings and overdone wheels. These guys took the basic-but-capable 318is and stuck M3 bits all over, including some body parts, suspension, transmission, and engine. Add a DTM-style widebody kit, and you’ve got a tuner’s show car! They’re selling it in a way that sounds like more trouble than it’s worth – offering the chassis and body alone, or with all of the running gear and additions – that just makes me scratch my head harder. Taste and selling tactics aside, it is a clean FrankenBimmer that, at least to me, has some potential.
Click for details: 1993 BMW 318is/M3 on eBay
Model: 318is converted to M3-spec
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Up for sale is a custom BMW 3 series (E36 chassis) fitted with a very rare and modified I-Ding power widebody kit. This vehicle is a 1993 318is convertyed and modified to M3 specifications with all the chassis strengthening components welded in. Original color was Brilliant red and has been resprayed in a dark wine red with gold pearl. This car is available “as is ” with all modifications or as a “base price” of just the chassis/widebody/paint. I have provided a list of all the parts currently installed and you can pick and choose what you want with the car and add it to the base price.
-1993 318is – non sunroof chassis $1,000
– I-Ding power widebody kit inc rear wing $2,000
– paint and body kit install $7,000.
-M3 body kit $800
******BASE PRICE $10,800. ******
-M3 diff carrier, axles and rear brakes $400
-M3 front lower control arms, knuckles and brakes $400
-H&R coilover kit $500
-Turner rear lower control arms $300
-X brace $160
-Racing Dynamics anti sway bar kit $500
-Euro S50 B30 headers, Supersprint race center section , Supersprint competition muffler $3,200
-Brake cooling duct/ fog light kit $160
-Recaro SE seats with mounts and sliders $1,200
-M3 leather rear seats and door panels $400
-19″ OZ racing rims, Michelin pilot sport tires $4,800
-Bosch euro lights ( new) $650
-momo steering wheel and hub kit $250
-M3 5 speed with drive shaft $850
-m3 3;23 diff $400
-M3 side mirrors $300
-Black kidneys $80
-1/2 smoked tail lights $250
-Black headliner kit $300
-smoked front park lights $60
-S52 engine conversion with rebuilt cylinder head ( under 300 km’s since build). $4,300.
-M cluster $100
-Boost gauge $40
-Tree house racing LCAB’s $100
I won’t be paying $30k for this car, and I don’t think anyone else will either. It does rekindle my daydreams of a more subdued wingless widebody E36 though. Subdued, this car is certainly not. But it does look like it was an entertaining project for a capable shop. Maybe someone, somewhere is looking for a late-90s Eurotunerish show car. If so, try to get the seller to lower the price. If not, laugh and walk away.