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The concept of the E36 M3 saloon was questioned at the time – but it laid an impressive foundation

By Becky Wells / Friday, July 2, 2021 / Loading comments

We love our dealers here at PistonHeads. Our bulging classifieds feature a beautiful array of cars of all shapes and sizes from showrooms across the country. And while it’s obvious we get excited about pretty much all of them, it’s extra satisfying when we see the sales teams get excited about their cars, too.

The seller of this BMW E36 M3 Evo Saloon has every right to be giddy at the prospect of this example, then. Just take a look at the advert. With a complete service history from the start, including the original windscreen with running-in sticker, two careful owners and 61,000 miles on the clock, it has lived a sweet and precious little life in Jersey since registration in 1996.

So let’s look a little more at the beauty of the E36 M3, a generation that’s now attracing a lot more attention as a classic M car after years in the doldrums. It was the first M3 to feature a straight six, with a 3.0-litre engine kicking out 290hp, and the first to be available in saloon form. Controversial at the time, but now look at the M3 – six cylinders, 3.0-litres, four doors. Just like the M3 before as well. Clearly something works about it…

This M3 Evo – a tag that only graced UK models – then got an upgraded 3.2-litre, 320hp unit with a six-speed manual gearbox, larger front brakes and firmer springs and dampers. Vanos variable valve timing, graphite-coated con-roads and larger intake valves all contributed to the big change the Evo tag suggested.

The saloon was launched in November 1995 in right-hand drive and only 694 were ever built, making this a well coveted example. The E36 doesn’t tend to get much love in the committed M3 community, and £30k is strong money, but the niche upgrades of this model could have us reaching for our cheque books… whatever they are.


SPECIFICATION | BMW M3 E36 EVO

Engine: 3,201cc, six-cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): [email protected],400rpm
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],250rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
Year registered: 1996
Recorded mileage: 61,000 miles
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £30,995

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