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1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

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In an era where successive generations of vehicles get larger and heavier, lightweight specials crop up occasionally to cater to the purist. Porsche has a penchant for lightweight specials, such as the 911 GT3RS and various Club Sport models that have peppered the lineup throughout the years. BMW has been hip to this lightweight game as well, and saw the potential shortly after the introduction of the E36 M3 in the US market. The Lightweight (LTW) was a 1995 homologation special model that saw the deletion of luxuries such as air conditioning, a radio, some sound deadening material, leather trim and the sunroof. Aluminum skinned doors, sport suspension and a revised rear axle ratio gave the Lightweight an edge over the standard M3. A little over 100 of these LTW models were offered to US customers and are highly prized by Bimmer fans today. This M3 LTW for sale in Florida is unlike many in that it has a good amount of miles under its belt.

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Year: 1995
Model: M3 Lightweight
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 99,300 mi
Price: $33,900 Buy It Now

1995 BMW 3 Series M3. Having a hard time finding the right deal on a very rare 1995 BMW M3 LTW Lightweight? Only A Estimated 120 Were Sent To The US. 92,332 Documented Miles. Perfect Specifications. Purchased New With a Factory MSRP of $47,470. 28 HIGH RESOLUTION Photos, Vehicle History Report, Original Window Sticker and Video on File. Asking $33,900. *** THE COMPLETE OPTIONS LIST INCLUDES ***

Alpine White w/Black/Hurricane cloth interior.

:LTW Lightweight

-300lbs lighter


-GT front spoiler

-M Rear Wing w/integrated brake light

-Color keyed air dam/rocker panels

-Rear air diffuser

:BMW Motorsport tuned suspension w/sport settings

:Aluminum doors

:Limited slip differential

:17” light alloy wheels (M3 Style)

:BMW Sport Seats – Lightweight M Cloth

:Carbon fiber interior trim

:Estimated only 120 sent to US

The last M3 Lightweight we featured was on offer at $54,900. That particular car had 37,000 miles on the clock. Most of the Lightweights I’ve seen for sale have been lower mileage examples with asking prices well above the $40,000 mark, making this higher mileage one an intriguing opportunity. With so few built, these were cars that were collectable from the start. In light of where E30 prices are headed, this might be the next best thing when it comes to earlier build M3s. Given the mileage, this LTW looks clean. I have a feeling it won’t last long at this price.



  1. Jim
    Jim January 27, 2014

    Wonder why they painted the front lower lip. It should have been easy enough to replace with stock black if it was damaged…

  2. Ry
    Ry January 27, 2014

    Is the carbon fiber trim around the shifter stock? It really doesn’t look like it.

    Also no mention of the goodies that came in the trunk when new, like the non DOT rear wing, etc.

    I’m kind of curious why someone would put this kind of mileage on a pretty rare vehicle made for the track (ie little sound insulation, no radio, no a/c [in Florida?]), I can’t imagine it is a fun highway cruiser.

  3. Jim
    Jim January 28, 2014

    Carbon black/red weave trim is stock.

  4. Ry
    Ry January 28, 2014

    Thanks Jim, I knew there was CF involved, but I haven’t seen enough pics inside of these to get a feel.

    Regarding the front spoiler, it kind of looks like the front brake cooling hoses aren’t attached inside of the fog lights.

    I’ve seen exactly one of these on the street ever, it was at 2am, downtown in a large city, and it had a roll cage & harness and slicks, and a guy in a suit was driving it…it was seriously awesome.

  5. MDriver
    MDriver January 28, 2014

    as far as the goodies “in the trunk”…the legal beagles at BMW made the dealers deliver the cars without the rear wing/front adjustable spoiler/front strut tower brace/increased capacity oil pan w//a dual pick-up oil pump & x-brace….when you picked the car up you signed a waiver that stated you voided your factory warranty if you installed these parts…
    this car looks to be cosmetically correct for one that has not had the parts installed….
    no mention of those parts however…makes you wonder…
    these cars were meant to see track-time from the start….
    I would need to see some service records & the trunk goodies to pay this number.

  6. Ry
    Ry January 28, 2014

    @Mdriver – is this specific one for sale shown without the adjustable front spoiler? My curiousity was piqued by @Jim’s earlier comment about the front spoiler looking too painted (ie not enough unpainted blackness). And now I’ve googled lots of pictures of e36 LTWs but am not versed in it enough to pick out appearance as shipped vs. aftermarket vs. trunk goodies installed.

  7. MDriver
    MDriver January 28, 2014

    @Ry…….the spoiler on the car is called a GT spoiler…it is plastic//non-adjustable…I have one on my M3 track car. the LTW’s came with a front splitter that you could adjust…
    as I mentioned this car has none of the visual trunk goodies shown….no front splitter…no rear wing….no strut tower brace…
    the other stuff requires you to put the car on a lift
    hope that helps

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