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2016 BMW 335i xDrive GT M Sport

BMW’s brief foray into “Gran Turismo” models still confuses me. After removing the 5-Series wagon from the North American market, the company decided that US buyers needed more space in the 5 again. Why those buyers couldn’t opt for one of BMW’s plentiful SUV and SAV models – the X1, X3, X5, or X6 – still baffles me, but nonetheless the company forged ahead. While it was called, a 5, it was actually closer to a 7-Series platform. The resulting G07 chassis was a disproportionate and clunky combination that managed (somehow) to look even more awkward than the X6. Baffled, too, were buyers, who drove away from dealers at a rate of only about 3,000 per year.

Undeterred, the company extended the same treatment to the 3. Based on the long-wheelbase Chinese-market F35 sedan, the F34 GT utilized the F31 wagon’s rear suspension, revised and adjustable rear seats, raised front seats, and a big hatchback. Although it looked sleeker than the Sport Wagon, because it was larger in every dimension it actually could hold more luggage. The range-topping 335i carried the single-turbo N55 inline-6, and here they were tied only to an 8-speed automatic. While admittedly a lot less awkward than the 5 GT, the 3 GT was still…different, and the 5 and 3 GTs were single-model-only to date, as the hatchback designs moved to the 6- and 4-Series models, respectively. So why buy? Well, like every prior generation of 3, you couldn’t get the most powerful motor in the Sport Wagon in the US, so the 3 GT offers the most space and spunk that you could get in the small chassis. Let’s take a look.

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1985 BMW M635CSi

One of the things I love the most about the Euro M cars is their colors. While the bulk of the US cars boiled down to just a few shades, in Europe you could really get some treats. Case in point is today’s Burgundy Red Metallic (199) ’85. This color was only available on pre-facelift European models (5511, 5531, and 5532) and sufficed to say is quite rare. It looks great, especially over the white interior and is accented by some flashy 17″ BBS Style 5s with throwback Motorsport-logo center caps:

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1979 BMW M1

I give Audi a lot of credit for bringing the R8 to market. It took a fair amount of gall for a company best known for mid-range all-wheel drive luxury sedans to up and produce a supercar-beating mid-engine road car capable of being used year-round and every day. It’s a feat nearly without precedent. Of course, I said “nearly”.

That’s because BMW pulled off a similar trick the best part of thirty years before Audi did it. And arguably the development of what would become BMW’s fledgling Motorsports division was even more impressive than what Ingolstadt pulled off. The M1 burst onto the scene at a time of economic austerity, global oil crises and came from a company who not only didn’t have a history of producing such cars, but didn’t have connections to others who did (unlike Audi’s corporate Lamborghini partnership).

Speaking of Lamborghini, because of BMW’s lack of expertise in supercar design it was the Sant’Agata firm that was employed to produce the M1. But because of Lamborghini’s lack of expertise at being…well, a company capable of producing something on a schedule, BMW engineers had to first liberate the early molds from Italy and then find someone who could produce the car. Ultimately, it was a combination of ItalDesign in Turin, Marchesi metal working in Modena to build the frames, and Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart that stuck the M1 together. Though it doesn’t exactly sound like a match made in heaven, and indeed the M1 was a relative sales flop, it has nonetheless grown to cult status as one of the most user-friendly supercars of the late 1970s:

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2023 BMW M4 CSL

The last few range-topping M3/4s have been a bit of a miss, frankly. The F82 M4 GTS was cool, as was the E92 M3 GTS. But are they as legendary as the E46 M3 CSL or the original E9 CSLs? The jury is still out, but BMW’s perhaps weighed in with the definitive answer; they’ve re-introduced the CSL moniker. What does that get you?

BMW takes an M4 Competition Package and dials it up pretty much everywhere. Carbon-fiber seats replace the factory power units, and you’re only allowed to carry one other on the ride – the rear seats are removed. Soundproofing materials are removed, too. The hood is carbon-reinforced plastic, and titanium bits are utilized in the suspension and exhaust system. Coupled with standard carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight wheels, the CSL tips the scales some 300 lbs. under the standard M4 – not insignificant.

That alone would make it faster, but BMW didn’t stop there. The engine programming was revised and boost pressure increased; heavy-duty mounts were utilized to keep the engine from breaking free as you catapult the 543-horsepower S58 towards the horizon. 0-60 is gone in 3.6 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 191 mph. But turning is what the CSL has always been about, and BMW M reworked the suspension tuning and added a huge brace in the engine bay, to boot. Also helping to keep it planted are numerous aerodynamic aides; a front splitter, hood vents, and an integrated ducktail spoiler – a la the E46.

There were only three colors available; Frozen Brooklyn Grey, Alpine White, or the Sapphire Black Metallic we see here. All have red exterior accents, yellow DRLs, and special interior accents. The price? Well, I hope you’re sitting down. The base M4 Comp rings in around 80k to start. The CSL? $140k. And they only made 1000 for the entire world, 300 of which are coming to the US market. As with all specials, you can imagine what this does to the current asking price…

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1999 BMW M Coupe

The M Coupe has moved from cult legend into one of the most desirable M products produced. Late-production S54-equipped models have recently topped $100,000 at auction. Add in a rare color and great condition, and they’re all the more desirable. While not quite a 1:1, the M Coupe is like the Porsche 964 and has gone from being ugly duckling to the market darling, and the S54 models are the RS America of the lineup.

For most of us, that means if you want a ‘Clownshoe’ you’ll need to look towards early production when they were equipped with the venerable S52. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as lower running costs and higher production numbers mean much lower asking prices. Take this Imola Red ’99, for example. First off, only 2,180 S52 M Coupes were sold here. Imola Red was one of the more common colors on the M Coupe, with 422 made. This one is one of 164 Imola/Black S52s made, and it’s got lower mileage. Let’s take a look:

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