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 Alcantara 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:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 BMW M3 GT on eBay
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,000 mi
Price: $65,000 Buy It Now
With only 356 examples built, the M3 GT E36 can rightly be called a rare car. This limited version, which was built for the European market only, had more power, was slightly lighter, partly through the application of aluminium doors, and was available in one colour only, British Racing Green.
This example has many of the add-in options for the GT; the sport steering wheel (255), alarm (302), green window stripe (354), rear vent windows (362), sunroof (401), velour floor mats (423), warning triangle (428), seat heaters (494), rear headrests (498), air conditioning (530), on-board computer (554), and Hifi and compact disc player (670,672 and 676). Airbags (243) and headlight adjustment (510) were necessary model options. There were a few options not selected but all in all this is a well equipped example. Condition is top; little is offered about the vehicle history or maintenance, but mileage is lower and the photos paint the picture of near-perfect condition.
In terms of value, the $65,000 asking price is in line with more rare variants of the M3 we’ve seen, and collectability of the FIA homolgation specials is nearly guaranteed. You’ll have to spend a few more thousand dollars getting it here and then convincing the government that it’s not that different from the U.S. spec car, at which point you can drive it to shows and explain to everyone just why it’s so much more special than a normal M3 to help to justify the price you paid.