Up for auction is this 1996 BMW E36 M3 finished in Estoril Blue over a Black leather interior with wood veneers. Purchased by its current owner in 2016 at 95,787 miles, this M3 has since undergone a long list of refurbishments and mechanical improvements to bring the car up to excellent driving standards. Now showing 98,691 miles on the odometer, this well-maintained E36 is being offered by its seller in Connecticut accompanied by original tools, manuals, and a clean title.
The eye-catching Estoril Blue finish is said to be in good overall condition and the seller reports that this car has been garage-kept for most of its life (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). Carfax shows minor damage to the front end, however, the seller states that there were no significant signs of repair work after having the car professionally inspected. Details specific to the M3 include revised front and rear valences, side skirts, and mirrors. This example features an optional rear spoiler as well as BMW Style 24 wheels which were installed under the current ownership.
The Black leather interior is reported to be in very nice shape, although the driver’s seat shows typical signs of wear. Noteworthy features include “M3” logo door sills and wood trim on the center console, dashboard, door panels, shifter, and handbrake lever. This example is equipped with the Luxury Package, heated and power operated seats, a sunroof, and power door locks with keyless entry. The seller confirms all gauges and accessories to be fully functional.
This E36 carries a naturally aspirated 3.2 L S52 inline 6-cylinder engine which sends 240 HP and 236 lb.-ft to the rear wheels by way of a 5-speed manual transmission. The following maintenance items were addressed at the corresponding mileages to keep the car in top running condition:
The following upgrades and service items were also carried out by Autosport Fabrication in September of 2018:
This sale will include a set of 3 keys, owner’s manuals, a mostly complete toolkit, and a spare tire. If you're in the market for a classic stick-shift BMW, this Estoril Blue M3 makes an excellent choice.