Comparing the E36 M3 to the original E30 is not unlike setting the MkII GTI next to the MkI hot-hatch progenitor. While it may lack some of the rarity and old-school charm, it is, to say the least, an admirable performer with a few more modern comforts. All are excellent drivers cars, and the E36 M3 is known to have some of the best handling characteristics ever, which is no small claim. Similar to the GTI, you throw in a market with more supply than demand and massive aftermarket options and you’ve got accessible German speed. While this beautiful red coupe doesn’t have much information beyond price ($10,900 OBO) and mileage (78k), the pictures and BMW CCA listing both demonstrate an extremely well-cared for and original E36 M3.
All the seller has to say:
stock except for VDO gauge kit, owned for 5+ years, meticulously maintained, near perfect interior & exterior.
Especially with the OBO caveat, this seems like a great deal. It really is in beautiful condition and it’s refreshing to see an E36 kept so lovingly original. Other than having an extra couple of doors out back, this looks to be as good as E36s get.