Now available for auction is this 2006 BMW E46 M3 Coupe finished in Carbon Black Metallic over a black leather interior. Representing the third generation of BMWs high-performance 3-Series model, the E46 remains one of the most celebrated M3s of all time. This final-year example was ordered with the Competition Package (ZCP), an option that equips cross-drilled brake rotors derived from the European-market M3 CSL, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, a specially tuned suspension, and an Alcantara-trimmed interior. This M3 comes finished in Carbon Black Metallic and is said to have been under the previous ownership of BMW dealership employees and active BMWCCA members. Previously listed on PCARMARKET, this M3 has since undergone critical services of the “Big 3”, consisting of new rod bearings, subframe reinforcements, and a rebuilt VANOS system. This E46 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of New York while showing approximately 125k miles on the odometer.
This Carbon Black Metallic (416) M3 can be differentiated from a standard E46 Coupe by its wider fender flares, side air vents, revised front bumper, mirrors, rear valence, and M-Power quad-tip exhaust. The car is said to have been recently treated to a full exterior detail and paint correction. The seller notes some road-going wear on the front bumper and fenders, as well as scratches on the rear passenger side of the roof, and on the rear passenger quarter panel. The CARFAX report shows minor damage to the rear of the car in 2011, and another minor incident at the right front end in 2016. Detailed images are available in the gallery along with the full CARFAX report. This M3 wears its original Competition Package 19” forged BMW Style 127 wheels, which come dressed in newer Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tires.
The cabin is upholstered in black Nappa leather and features deeply bolstered 14-way powered M-Sport seats with matching door panels and carpeting. Competition Package exclusive Milled-Effect Aluminum trim lines the dashboard, center console, and door panels. The Competition Package also provides a thickened Alcantara-wrapped multi-function M-Sport steering wheel along with a matching handbrake lever and headliner. The seller notes some wear to the driver’s seat and confirms all gauges and accessories are working properly. Standard features include a glass sunroof, pop-out quarter windows, and a Harmon Kardon hi-fi sound system. The seller has replaced the original MK4 radio with a touchscreen Dynavin N7 Pro head unit featuring Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay capabilities.
The naturally aspirated 3.2-liter S54 inline-six makes up to 333 HP and 269 lb.-ft of torque, delivered to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. The S54 utilizes motorsport-derived technology including individual throttle bodies, quasi-dry sump lubrication, and double VANOS variable valve timing. The Competition Package equips larger two-piece cross-drilled rotors, a quickened steering ratio, and an M Track Mode that raises the threshold in which the Dynamic Stability Control will intervene. Recent maintenance under the seller’s ownership included a coolant flush, oil change, oil level sensor replacement, new Koni yellow rear shocks, and new engine mounts. The seller states a rebuilt VANOS system was also recently installed along with upgraded VAC Motorsports rod bearings and subframe reinforcements.
This sale will include an original toolkit, a tire patch kit, and a clean title.