1995 BMW M3 Lightweight for sale

These E36 M3 Lightweights are a tricky game. Rare M3s are always cool, but E36s are the most vanilla of M3s and the LTW special edition lacks the cache of the E46 CSL or E30 Evos. LTWs are probably best suited for some track fun, but if that’s your bag why not strip-and-cage a normal M3? As such, many of these have been tucked away as investments, owners’ fingers crossed for appreciation. Today’s LTW appears to have had no such luck. Somewhere along its 66k miles it picked up a salvage title but has since “passed inspection.” Not ideal, but with only 120 of these produced, I’m glad it’s still on the road. Sometimes a bumpy past can help drop pretentions in favor of just driving the damn thing.

1995 BMW M3 LTW for sale on BMWCCA.org

From the seller:

completely stock except for sway bars and BBS lug nuts, removed the radio cover and installed a stock radio, owned since 2006, was driven once a year to Euro-fest, now driven once a month, stored in garage under cover, perfect paint, repainted the front & rear ends, so chip free, repainted the rear because the checkered flag had age cracks in it and the sun had burnt the original flag into the paint, runs and drives perfectly, shifts good, everything functions perfectly, the trunk kit is installed (dual pickup oil pan, front strut brace & rear spoiler), very nice interior, carbon-fiber trim above the glove-box is missing, very-minor paint marks, A pillar paint crack, may have been in an accident (prior to my ownership), previous salvage history but passed a rebuild inspection, the headliner is starting to sag, missing the adjustable front spoiler that came in the trunk kit, previous owner put a 97-99 grille bar on the car as an upgrade, needs a little bit of work to be 100% perfect.

It’s a cool car, but the description leaves a lot of questions left to be answered. At least the seller has taken care of it properly for 6 years, but what about before that? From what we do know, I’d think that the mileage and salvage title would drop this well below the $30k asking price. It could still garner a premium over a normal E36 M3, but that’s not saying much considering they’re one of the best sports car bargains around. Somewhere around $25k seems like more of a compromise between the rarity and issues.


Get crazy with a BMW E36 M3 LTW… Supercharged.

We’ve had a few E36 M3 Lightweights here, and their rarity has kept these most of these cars starkly original and away from their true home, the race track. Yet while some collectors choose to keep their unobtainium-enhanced M3s as out-of-the-box as possible, today’s seller has taken a decidedly more irreverent tack. He’s gone and done what most adventurous souls do to normal E36s, and bought a Dinan supercharger system and upgraded brakes, suspension, exhaust, and thrown in an aftermarket stereo and some angel eyes just to really piss the purists off. Most, myself included, might not see the point in buying a car that was special because it had no stereo only to put one back in, but it’s obvious this guy sees things a little differently. Adherence to good taste notwithstanding, the objective facts are that this is about as fast and rare as E36s get.

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight for sale on eBay

From the seller:

I have my very fast 1995 M3 Lightweight for sale. Rarely driven 21,411 highway miles. 10/10 interior/exterior. Limited Edition–LESS THAN 40 REMAINING IN THE USA. M3 LTW specs:

Lightweight Aluminum Doors
Underchassis X brace
Top Tower Brace
adjustable GT wing
Lightweight Racing Carbon Fiber Interior


High Performance Mods

Dinan Stage 3 factory installed performance package:

Dinan Supercharger
Dinan Stage 3 Computer
Dinan Cold Air Intake

StopTech Big Brake Kit
UUC Shortshifter
UUC Clutch and Flywheel
Sachs Racing Coilover Suspension
Racing Headers
Remus Racing Exhaust
BMW Factory Radio w/ CD changer (Not originally included in the LTW)

Umnitza Angel Eyes with Glass Lens
Euro tail lights and blinkers
Gold mirror tint all around.
18″ Gold BBS LM wheels on Michelin Pilot Sports
+Original Lightweight Wheels

The red flags are the opposite of what usually raises eyebrows… 21k highway miles? What was the supercharger for then? And well done modifications… but why modify it? At least it comes with the original wheels, but it’d be a bit of work to get this thing back to stock. The Buy-It-Now of $65k seems a bit optimistic, considering the reason these cars are so much more than your everyday E36 M3 is the exclusivity, and that’s been partially negated by “improving” it. Modifications and low mileage or no, I don’t see this being worth too much more than a normal LTW, which is to say around $40k. And even if he doesn’t think so, I think a bone-stock LTW at $40k is cooler than this one at $65.


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.


Two Very Low Mileage M3’s, $60,000 Each!

These two creampuff’s come courtesy of a BMW M3 Forum. One is an e30 M3 with 7k miles and the other is an e36 M3 Lightweight (LTW) with only 41 miles!

1988 BMW M3 For Sale on eBayMotors:

1988 BMW e30 M3 For Sale

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight For Sale on eBayMotors:

BMW e36 M3 LTW Lightweight

Not to play that overused ‘economy’ angle yet again, but these seem like high prices to me in today’s market. On the other hand the owners clearly know the rarity of their cars and are counting on educated and wealthy buyers. Who knows when we’ll see examples like these for sale again.