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1995 BMW M3

Update 9/15/18: This M3 remains available at $8,500

An interesting counterpoint to yesterday’s no reserve M3 is, obviously, how much other generations of M3s cost. Like yesterday’s E30, today’s follow up needs little introduction as it’s been a fan favorite since day one. So how does this car compare to yesterday’s market hero?

Well, on paper the E36 is a better car. It’s quicker because it’s got more power. It’s cheaper to maintain. It’s no less adept in corners. And while it wasn’t quite the benchmark on international courses that the first generation was, the E36 was no slouch at the track either and is still a favorite weapon of amateurs and professionals alike.

This particular M3 stacks up pretty well against yesterday’s car. As with yesterday, it’s claimed to completely original though it’s clearly had some modifications. It’s also got about the same mileage at 126,500. And attract attention? Surely few will have difficulty spotting you in the stunning shade of Daytona Violet, here equipped with manual black leather Vaders. But the key yesterday was price, and here it is again:


Year: 1995
Model: M3
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 126,500 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

1995 BMW M3
Daytona Violet with Black Leather
Rare Color
Clean No accident Car Fax
Only 126,500 Miles
Has Normal wear for a 1995 car
5spd Manual

I can help with shipping arrangements

Car is also for sale locally, I do reserve the right to end the auction at anytime.

This vehicle is being sold AS-IS, where is with no warranty expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and have satisfied themselves as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort

While some have begun to speculate that the E36 prices, especially those of ’95s, will soon take off, it’s still quite possible to get a good deal on one. Admittedly, it won’t be perfect; there’s plenty of wear showing on this ’95. It looks as though it’s been lowered, and the tacky ‘DOHC VANOS’ stickers are pretty laughable, but otherwise it seems like a good driver candidate that could be improved upon. It’s claimed to be uncrashed and original paint is implied. I’d wager a weekend of intense detailing could really improve the look of this car, and first on my list would be to revert the clear blinkers and blacked-out grill surrounds. The wheels have also been updated to the staggered DSII wheels; a set of forged double spoke Style 24s or the original DS1s would again be my preference, but not everyone’s. Though not disclosed, it seems as though the tires are oversized slightly and the car is definitely lower than stock – plus, there is no maintenance disclosed nor pictures of the engine bay. But then it’s hard to get a clean M3 much cheaper than this – at no reserve and only $9,500, it is currently the best part of $30,000 less than the E30 for a special car that will stand apart from the crowd.

It really makes me wonder how much longer these cars will remain such an obvious bargain?



  1. Mike Guinta
    Mike Guinta February 3, 2018

    Still for sale

  2. Scott Saylor
    Scott Saylor February 3, 2018

    I had an Alpine/Black 95 M3 and can say, every E36 Daytona Violet ive seen has had the Dove Gray interior. To me, it looks like this car may have also had an interior swap to black since the door panels are still gray?

  3. Carter
    Carter February 4, 2018

    @Scott – good catch, it does look like the seats were swapped.

  4. Brad
    Brad February 4, 2018

    … because black and purple have any affinity whatsoever in any context other than a 70s Avengers costume.

  5. Matt Polhamus
    Matt Polhamus February 7, 2018

    No sale, interesting. I wonder if the color is actually a drawback for some people? On the E36 M3 wheeler dealers episode back in the day Mike didn’t even bother test driving the purple one..

  6. Carter
    Carter February 8, 2018

    @Matt – If I like it, that’s probable cause for it to not be liked by a majority of other people. And I love it. LOL.

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