Produced in March of 1996, this European-market M3 was ordered through the BMW Individual program, an exclusive service launched in 1991 offering personalized exterior finishes, custom-tailored interiors, and unique equipment for BMW's most discerning clientele. It comes finished in the rarely-seen color of Mint Green (W97) over a black leather interior with deviated Mint Green stitching. Power comes from an S50 inline six-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Acquired by the seller out of Germany in 2019 and imported to the U.S. in April of 2021, this outstanding Mint Green E36 is now being offered for auction out of Arizona showing approximately 177k kilometers (110k miles) on the odometer.
This M3 is finished in the non-metallic BMW Individual color of Mint Green (W97) with black Shadowline trim. While exact production numbers are unknown, this M3 is believed to be one of only very few produced in Mint Green. Exterior details include pop-out rear quarter windows, Euro-spec glass headlights, front and rear fog lamps, Euro-spec clear corner lenses, and a power-operated sunroof. The M3 can be differentiated from a standard E36 3-Series by its revised front and rear bumpers, flared side skirts, body-colored aerodynamic mirrors, and fixed rear wing. The seller notes the car has been diligently maintained in climate-controlled storage and reports one small imperfection between the driver's side door handle and trim. Some other minor cosmetic imperfections are depicted in the photo gallery. The factory 17” BMW Style 22 wheels come mounted with new Continental Extreme Contact DWS 06 Plus tires.
The cabin is trimmed in a BMW Individual configuration of black leather with contrasting stitching in Mint Green. The heated black leather Vader sport seats feature power adjustability, power-retractable thigh supports, a Motorsport accent stripe, and deep bolsters. Other details include a leather-wrapped M-Sport steering wheel with Mint Green stitching, M3-branded door sills, and an M-badged instrument cluster with a 280 KM/H speedometer and 8k-RPM tachometer. The driver is supplied with an onboard trip computer, power windows, central locking, cruise control, automatic climate control, and a BMW Business cassette stereo. The seller reports all instrumentation and accessories to be fully functional.
This M3 is equipped with a 3.2L S50 inline-six engine sending as much as 321 HP and 258 lb.-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. Generating over 80 HP more than the U.S.-spec version, the European-market E36 M3 engine features continuously variable VANOS valve timing on both camshafts, larger intake and exhaust valves, a 3.5” mass airflow meter, a higher 11:3:1 compression ratio, individual throttle bodies and intake runners, specially tuned exhaust headers, graphite-coated connecting rods, and larger Bosch fuel injectors. Upon delivery to the United States, this M3 received a new battery, new tires, and an oil service. Some associated service documentation is said to accompany the sale.
This sale will include a toolkit, first aid kit, roadside hazard kit, full-size spare, and a clean title. Tailored through BMWs Individual program, this incredibly rare Mint Green E36 M3 presents an excellent investment and collecting opportunity.
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