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1996 BMW (E36) M3 Evolution



This 1996 BMW M3 Evolution (E36) is an M3 variant that is sort after by true BMW enthusiasts, which presents in clean condition with striking Estoril Blue paint. Under the bonnet lies a naturally-aspirated 3.2-litre inline-six-cylinder engine which outputs 239kW/349Nm to the rear wheels. The car features a six-speed manual transmission. Its odometer currently shows 101,908km.



As one of the most storied sports car nameplates of all time, the BMW M3’s reputation goes without saying. When the E30 M3 came on scene through the 1980s as a homologation special it took the motorsports scene, and sports car market, by storm. However, many rued its stripped-back nature and lack of equipment. When the E36 M3 succeeded, it brought back the high-end refinement the German manufacturer was famous for, and improved upon the all-out performance offered by its E30 forebear. BMW updated the E36 M3 at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Evolution variant which featured aluminium doors, a bigger engine with Double Vanos, and a new Getrag gearbox underneath. Subtle handling and suspension changes rounded out the Evolution’s differences, but the sum of all its new parts meant the Evolution is now regarded as the E36 to have.



Finished in Estoril Blue with a grey nappa leather interior, this car’s specification is quintessential M3. It has been kept relatively stock since new, save for some upgraded Bilstein shocks and reinforced rear shock towers. It also specifies the later three-spoke steering wheel. The car currently rides on a set of 17-inch M alloy wheels wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact tyres.



This car was built early 1996 and delivered new through BMW Sydney in May 1996. The current owner purchased the car from Classic Throttle Shop (Sydney) in 2017. Since new it has been serviced through a series of BMW dealerships, independent BMW specialists, and European service centres. Its last service was completed in April 2022. Recent maintenance items include a refurbished Vanos system with Viton seals, replaced clutch, two new rear tyres, and a refurbished power steering pump. The car sits as part of a small collection and sees occasional weekend drives; the seller notes it is mechanically sound.



Exterior-wise this E36 M3 Evolution has fared very well over the years, with low mileage pointing towards considered care. The Estoril Blue metallic paint shines nicely in the sun without obvious imperfection, though minor points of stone chipping are seen on the bonnet and bumper. One small chip in the windscreen has been filled with residue, while the rubber seals on the right-hand rear window appear to have weathered. All four wheels show no kerb rash, while the rear tyres are near new.



Inside the cabin this E36 displays similarly clean. The nappa leather of the ‘Vader’ seats appears to have held up well to wear and tear, showing minimal signs of sag or creasing. Some nicks in the leather are noted on the back-side of the front seats. The roofline is also sagging near the sunroof. Some chromed areas around the shifter are beginning to fade, while the steering wheel boss also appears weathered.



This car will come with a suite of original documentation, recent maintenance receipts, a full tool kit, two keys, and a service logbook.



To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in NSW until 05/05/23 and there is no security interest registered on the PPSR against the serial number, it is not recorded as stolen or written off.



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