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For BMW, it must have been a daunting task to follow the success of the E30 M3, which attained cult status by the end of its production run in 1991. In 1992 a new M3 was introduced based on the E36 platform, and while immediately recognizable as an M-car, it featured more subdued styling than its predecessor. While the E36 M3 was more of a volume production play by BMW, performance of the new car surpassed its predecessor in every measurable way, and period media reports raved about the M3’s value when compared against cars with similar performance such as the Porsche 993 and Ferrari F355.
Introduced in the American market for the 1995 model year, the US-specification M3 was powered by the new S50 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, which produced 240 hp. This exciting 1995 M3 was purchased new from Vasek Polak BMW in Hermosa Beach, California, and it remained in the state until 2020. Finished in the classic BMW shade of Alpine White over a black leather interior, this M3 is a remarkably well-preserved and maintained example showing just over 62,000 miles at the time of cataloguing. The M3 is believed by the consignor to retain the majority of its original paint and interior finishes. Additionally, the car retains its factory-applied VIN stickers on the doors, fenders, hood, and trunk lid.
Offered with manuals, service records, and a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, this M3 is equipped with the rare ZF five-speed automatic transmission, making this iconic sports coupe as capable in city traffic as it is on the open road. Serviced as recently as May 2020, this beautiful BMW M3 is set to demonstrate its prodigious capabilities to a lucky new owner.