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1995 BMW M3 Lightweight for sale

The ubiquity of the E36 M3 makes it a tough car to write up, even if it is my 2nd favorite generation of M3. Unless it’s a hot sedan or extra clean coupe, there are just too many out there for $7k on Craigslist to be remarkable. Well, today we’ve got a VERY special coupe, in fact it’s one of the most special M3s every made. I’ve only seen one Lightweight in my life, but the M-flag across the corners got me going immediately. No other E36 looks as purposeful as the Lightweight. They came sans air conditioning, stereo, insulation, etc., and were made under a kind of “wink-wink nudge-nudge” agreement with BMW, where many of the parts came in the trunk. Owners had to acknowledge that putting them on would void the factory warranty. I’m guessing about zero of the 85 lucky buyers cared about the warranty as they put on a new oil pan and pump, front strut bar and lower x-brace. Unless they were a climate-controlled-garage-ninny, I’d bet they used the warranty as toilet paper and headed to the track.

The undercarriage shows this Lightweight has been used, but overall it’s extremely clean. The one significant upgrade is the BBS RKII wheels. Whereas the Lightweight came with 235 width all around, the new rolling stock boasts a massive 285mm in the back and 255 in the front. In a lightened version of one of the greatest handling cars ever, that contact patch has to create ungodly amounts of grip. Bidding starts at $25k, and while that may seem like a lot for an E36, when put in the context that there are only 85 of these in the country and E30 M3s are going for that all the time, it starts to sound reasonable. These will only go up in price as time goes on and M3s move further and further away from the lightweight sensibility that makes this car magic.



  1. Kevin
    Kevin June 4, 2011

    When they were new, BMW dealers absolutely hated the LTWs and almost couldn’t give them away. I saw unsold cars at 3 different BMW dealerships in 3 different states as late as 1997.

    Of course, none of that matters now, 16 years later.

    However, I would think that a car that has been fitted with an extensive list of aftermarket equipment (such as this one) would be worth far less than one in full original condition. With 3 days left on the auction and no bids, it is possible others feel the same way I do.

  2. Kevin
    Kevin June 5, 2011

    To prove one of my points above, take a look at the AutoCheck report. You will see that this car’s first entry, with reported miles of 115, was January 10, 1997.

  3. always_fixing
    always_fixing June 5, 2011

    Interesting car, but not sure I’d want to spend $25k on it.

  4. Larry
    Larry June 5, 2011

    +1 to what “always_fixing” said

  5. Wes
    Wes June 7, 2011

    +2 to always_fixing.

    If I were looking for a collector M3 at that price I’d probably try to find an e46 with the CSL package in Laguna Seca Blue or Dakar Yellow… something like that. Definitely with a 6 speed (no SMG).

  6. Larry
    Larry June 8, 2011

    Only 1 bid at the starting price of $25K, reserve not met

  7. Larry
    Larry June 10, 2011

    Relisted at the same $25K starting bid

  8. Larry
    Larry June 17, 2011

    Auction made it to $25100 this time, with two bids. Reserve still not met.

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