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    E36 M3 values / TECHNICAL TIPS / #BMW-E36 / #BMW-M3-3.0 four-door / #BMW-M3-3.0-E36 / #BMW-M3-E36 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-Saloon / #BMW-M3-Saloon-E36 / #BMW / #BMW-M3-Cabrio / #BMW-M3-Cabrio-E36 / #BMW-M3-Coupe-E36

    Hot on the heels of the E30 M3 that celebrates its 30th birthday this year, the E36 M3 (itself almost 25 years old) is steadily increasing in value. I’ve seen minters advertised for 20 grand and they’re selling too. It’s odd that – whilst they were undoubtedly very quick and capable, they never really floated the boat of the motoring press. A lot of that was due in part to the fact that it was nothing like the old E30, itself a unique and irreplaceable car. But it was the similarity in appearance to a 325i Coupé that led to a lack of enthusiasm and once the 328i Sport arrived in 1995, that was even more so. Saloon and Convertible versions boosted the range but you can’t deny that it was the launch of the E46 M3 in late 2000 that reignited passion for the M3 – whilst it wasn’t really any faster than the old car, it looked as serious a car as the E30 was, and was certainly a better driver’s car.

    The trouble with the classic car market is that it too often thinks ‘it’s old therefore it must be valuable’ and all old cars get swept along regardless. The 1992-1999 car was a great E36, but was it a great M3? I think it was in retrospect – that howling straight-six, slick five-speed (I preferred the 3.0-litre) and excellent chassis… make mine a Cosmos black four-door with Contours and the tan leather. But when figures like 20 grand are involved… sorry, but the mintiest, low mileage Laguna Seca blue E46 is a long way in front as long as it’s fresh enough to avoid the boot floor dramas.
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