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1995 BMW M3 GT

While you’re no doubt familiar with the great lament of the de-tuned E36 M3 and the inflated price of the very limited Lightweight model, Europe enjoyed a full spectrum of Motorsport performance. One of the potent additions to the lineup was that of the M3 GT. Intended to homologate racing bits and aerodynamic tweaks for the E36, 350 limited BF99 examples were produced in early 1995. The motor was turned up to 295 horsepower with hotter cams, special oil pumps and Motorsport oil pan and revised computer controls. They also had stiffened and lowered suspension, a strut brace and a 3.23 final drive. Outside new spoilers front and rear increased downforce, and like the Lightweight the GT wore the M forged double spoke staggered wheels. Harder to spot were the aluminum doors the car wore to help keep weight down. All were painted 312 British Racing Green and featured Mexico Green Nappa leather interior with Amaretta bolsters, special Motorsports badging, and carbon-fiber trim.

They’re a very special and rarely seen variant of the E36 M3, and increasingly in this collector market that means a higher asking price:

1995 BMW M3 GT on eBay

From the seller:

– VIN # WBSBF99080EA40159
– Showing 145,541 KM (~ 90,500 Miles) From New
– 1 of only 356 Examples Built For The European-Market
– A True Homologation Car Produced For The FIA GT Championship Series
– Finished In British Racing Green Over An Anthracite Amaretta And Mexico Green Interior.
– A Highly Original Example With No Modifications And Sunroof Option

BMW’s 3 series served as their line of compact executive cars since 1975, with the performance “M” version debuting in 1986 with the famous E30 generation. In 1992, the E36 generation got its own M3 model as a coupe, with the convertible version arriving later in 1994. This generation was the first M3 to use a six-cylinder engine, a tradition that has been carried over to every M3 model since.

In 1994, the European market received the exclusive M3 GT as a homologation special so that BMW could compete in the FIA-GT Class II and IMSA GT races. It used a Euro-spec S50B30 engine, upgraded with a larger camshaft and a higher compression ratio that put out 295 hp through a five-speed manual transmission and could reach an unrestricted top speed of 171 mph (275 km/h). Exterior changes included a deeper and adjustable front splitter, higher rear double wing, aluminum doors, special wheels, stiffer front suspension, a cross-brace, and a strut brace. All M3 GTs came in British Racing Green and were 66 lb (30 kg) lighter than the regular M3. Only 356 examples were produced.

While M3s are generally collectible due to them being high-performance models of BMW’s best-selling model, limited-edition models like this M3 GT and the US-only M3 Lightweight are even more sought after due not only to their extremely low production numbers but also to their even more impressive performance characteristics.

This particular example, Chassis # WBSBF99080EA40159, is number 160 of 356 M3 GTs. It is a highly original, German market example optioned with a sunroof and first registered in May of 1995 to someone from Berlin. During their ownership, the car saw regular dealer servicing at Schiel and Bobrink & Co, GmbH, and racked up a total of 38,389 km (~23,853 mi) by 1996.

In March of 1998, it was sold to its second owner, a fellow Berlin resident, who continued loving the car and putting miles on the odometer. In 2008, after ten years of ownership, the BMW went on to its third owner with the recorded mileage at the time of purchase being 134,900 km (83,822 mi). According to the history file on record, the car was deregistered on March 22, 2013 and was afterward moved with red license plates which equate to US dealer plates meant for short distances. As it sits today, this example has an inviting 145,500 Kilometers (90,904 Miles) from new.

In June of 2023, we entrusted Orchird Euro in Pottstown, PA with helping us import the BMW into the port of Baltimore. A month later, it visited Leading Edge Autosport in West Chester, PA to undergo whatever repairs it needed to hit the road again in full force. The $5,600+ service was comprised of a new battery vent tube kit, A/C system’s valves and system refill, oil and filter, front suspension coil springs & rear suspension shocks, drive belts, fuel filter, oil pressure sensor, spark plugs, air filter, passenger side sun visor bulb, brake system and transmission flush, new tires and a dry ice clean of the entire engine bay and underside. In August of 2023, it made its way back to Leading Edge Autosport one more time for a new fuel pump assembly.

As it sits, this 1 of 356 BMW E36 M3 GT is a well-driven example of a rare German beast. It still retains most of its original paint, and special original wheels with GT-specific part numbers and finish. Despite its mileage, it presents extremely well and still provides the rewarding driving experiences that BMWs have come to be known for. It is also a savvy investment, checking all of the collectibility boxes including; limited production, high-performance homologation special model, unique color combination, and high hallmarks of originality. Upon purchase, the new owner will receive the owner’s manuals with numerous service stampings, a set of extra keys, original German paperwork, and all of the service records on file.

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Hands down, this is one of my favorite M3 specs, and to me it’s one of the more special M3s made. The color combination alone is stellar!

But you also get the more spunky S50B30 with individual throttle bodies. The Lightweight gets a lot of attention for good reason, but I’d rather have a GT. A few have sold around or over the asking price here, so while steep the asking price is not without precedent.

-Carter

3 Comments

  1. Sequential
    Sequential December 10, 2023

    Seems like a lot of $ could buy a nice Porsche , Ferrari , Aston AMG for that amount of $ no thanks

  2. John
    John December 11, 2023

    These are cool. I like that interior! But I don’t value them above say an RS2. If I have to have an E36 give me the Alpina B8!

  3. Mark Jawdoszyn
    Mark Jawdoszyn December 18, 2023

    Dove Grey interior would have made this perfect.

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