Lot 373

Monterey 2023

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight


$106,400 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
US Title
  • One of 10 pre-production examples brought to the United States for competition use
  • Initially sold as a model exclusive to the US market
  • Showing 26,683 mi. on the odometer at the time of cataloging
  • Fitted with bolt-in roll cage, racing bucket, and fire-suppression system
Addendum: Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.

In the automotive world, few cars carry the pedigree and allure of the BMW M3. Initially introduced to outclass the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 in touring car racing, this homologation special quickly gained a beloved following thanks to its fun handling, stout engine, and racecar looks. The second-generation M3, based on the E36 chassis, hit dealer floors in 1992 now with BMW’s traditional inline six-cylinder under the hood. More grand tourer than track rat, this new model provided greater comfort and refinement while possessing immense power in European specification. Despite US regulations preventing this engine from being sold in the North American market due to a lack of compliance, an upgraded version of the code M50 engine dubbed the S50B30US provided a still-impressive, reliable 240 horsepower.

In 1995, BMW exclusively treated the US to a new track-focused model called the M3 Lightweight. Featuring aluminum-skinned doors, reduced insulation, a radio delete, no sunroof, no air conditioning, cloth seats, and special carpeting, the overall weight was reduced by 200 pounds compared to the standard model. The Lightweight additionally received a number of performance upgrades including a dual oil pickup, a front strut brace, shorter springs, a raised rear wing, and an adjustable front spoiler. One-hundred and twenty-five examples are believed to have been produced, all finished in Alpine White with Motorsport Division flag decals, making these some of the most desirable M3s ever built.

The example on offer is one of 10 pre-production examples brought to the United States for competition use and fitted with the dual pickup oil sump, GT spoilers, underbody bracing, and strut brace as stated in a letter from BMW. The car was first registered in Illinois during the summer of 1995 and has since traveled 26,683 miles as shown on the odometer at the time of cataloging. Subsequently used in club racing, this M3 Lightweight has received additional modifications for track use. Inside, a racing bucket, Momo steering wheel, and fire-suppression system have been fitted, in addition to a bolt-in roll cage. The standard cloth seat will accompany the car.

A must-have for any true BMW enthusiast, the M3 Lightweight represents the most track-focused iteration of the E36 chassis and further stands as one of the most exclusive offerings in the model’s history.