• Oct 22, 2010
1995 BMW M3 CLS Lightweight – Click above for high-res image gallery

We know we already ran an eBay Find of the Day, but since you couldn't actually drive that one, we thought it only fair to bring you another. File this one under "D" for "Don't see that every day." For a Buy It Now price of $49,000, you can lay your loving mitts on a genuine 1995 BMW M3 CSL Lightweight. According to the seller, the vehicle has never been raced or abused, and the photos make the factory-built racer look like a slice of cherry pie. There are a scant 36,619 miles on the clock, and the ad makes it clear that this particular example needs nothing but a driver behind the wheel. A driver with a flush bank account, that is.

If you're wondering why we've gone all drooling ape over this car, you should probably know that this is one of the rarer M3 models out there. The seller notes that there were just 100 of these particular racers imported to the States, each with weight-adding bits like the spare tire sent to the dumpster in an attempt to keep weight as low as possible. Reports vary as to exactly how many pounds BMW managed to shed from the standard car, but estimates say that the models hit the scales at around 200-300 lbs less than their regular counterparts. Throw in even stiff springs and a host of go-fast parts that were user-installable for a little extra track dominance and you've got the beast you see above.

Did we mention this sucker is street legal? Head over to eBay Motors for a closer look. Thanks for the tip, Sid!



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Do Want! The King of the E36's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2 years ago I was reading Hemmings motor news and a guy in there had TWO of these for sale. $47k each he was asking. I bet this us the same car(s). Way too much, despite it being a rare car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, $49K is a lot for this particular car, some hardcore BMW fan or collector will probably buy it though. A friend back home in the UK bought his e46 M3 CSL from a desperate seller for around £33K over 3 years ago and that car has only risen in value. Too bad it's just not available here
        billmalibu
        • 4 Years Ago
        This one is on sale on Autotrader dot com for $49.9 K as well. There is one other on Autotrader for $29.9K but with 71K miles. If I **had** to have one, I think I would go after the higher miles one for $29K.

        Awesome car for it's time, but sports car performance has moved way up since 1995. You can get some pretty tasty used cars with more performance, same or less miles, for a lot less cash. I guess collectability adds something, but still too pricey for me at $49K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a bit steep for a US-spec CSL Lightweight. If it had the Euro-spec engine, it might be worth the asking price - maybe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HOT DAMN!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want those rims.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, one of the nicest looking 3s ever, and I love the decals, but the price is crack pipe, even though I know they'll be collectible, someday. $25k-28k is what I'd pay for this, but then again, I'm not a BMW fanboy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! I'm amazed that someone could keep their mitts of that thing. If I had I would drive it every weekend.

      This has been a the car on my wall since I was a kid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      without the 321hp S50B32 engine the e36 is no real M3...

      For a europen this "lightweight special" is just a e36 325i/328i with e36 M3 GT option pack...

      This is a real e36 M3 engine...

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdDCkRXVIwg
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember the invoice/brochure also stating that the engines were "selected" for the Lightweight.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I remember the engineers picking out the engines that were simply the best from the production line, closest tolerances etc. I wonder how much variance there could have been? I also remember standing in the local BMW showroom after looking at a 325i and really wanting the lightweight car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Personally, I love it. Amazed at the comments though. I didn't think people on this blog liked simple lightweight cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't do the voting. And as you know I really pay no attention to it. Its mostly for people fishing for popularity votes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, man - you've broken the 20K down vote mark - you can take a break.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do want. Even though I prefer the current M3's exterior, it's just too fat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The minority view: Eye of the beholder.
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