BMW - For sale: 1995 BMW E36 M3 LTW/CSL Complete and original Example SoCal
1995 BMW E36 M3 Lightweight (LTW / CSL)
Fresh Engine Rebuild/Numbers Matching
Complete Original LTW Package Kit Installed
2nd to Last M3 LTW Built
VIN # WBSBF9323SEH08091
65,500 Original Miles
Less than 500-Miles on Full Engine Rebuild
Alpine White III (0300) on Black Hurricane Cloth (0638)
Southern California Car since 2003
Clean and Clear California Title
BMWCCA Member Owned
Offered at $74,990
Not very often does a low-production, race-bred, homologated collectible come along at a price under 6-figures. With approximately 120 produced for the world and only 70-85 coming to the U.S., it is no wonder these cars are becoming so sought after among collectors and enthusiasts.
History of the Lightweight:
The 1995 M3 Lightweight (BMW NA model code 9520) was produced between August of 1995 and October of 1995. This street-legal model eliminated several comfort and convenience items for weight reduction purposes (approximately 200 lbs lighter) and included aluminum doors. The M3 lightweight came with several performance upgrades based on the European M3 GT homologation series for worldwide GT racing. The U.S. models were homologated for the IMSA/Firehawk series and because of strict D.O.T. laws; they had to be sold with all the ?go-fast? parts in the trunk. This particular example is the 2nd to last LTW ever built.
Unfortunately, many of these cars went to pro race teams or club racers and very few unmolested examples remain. Estimates of remaining stock LTWs are around 2-dozen.
Differences from a stock M3:
Rear axle ratio of 3:23
GT front spoiler with adjustable wind splitter and aero underbody panel
Solid upper strut bar brace
Special sports suspension settings
Trunk lid spoiler with removable risers
BMW sports seats, cloth only
Special interior materials and colors
Forged magnesium alloy wheels
Reduced sound and noise insulation
Thinner carpet and no hood pad
Alpine white with diagonal Motorsports flag decals
Carbon fiber interior trim
BMW Motorsport International logo integrated into doorsills, glove box, and body
No center console valet
Trunk lid tool kit deleted
Rare vinyl rear parcel shelf (pre-production part for a handful of examples)
As was the case with many M3 CSL/LTWs, this example was initially delivered to BMWNA?s racing arm PTG (Performance Technology Group) headed up by Tom Milner. PTG prepared the LTW kit for the trunk and performed any customization the dealer requested before being delivered. This example was built in October of 1995 and sold new on May 15th, 1996. It?s the 2nd to last LTW built by BMW.
The first owner kept this LTW for a little over 2-years/28k-miles before selling it to the 2nd owner. This owner was the oldest BMWCCA driving school instructor in America at the time. He was a long time enthusiast who was fanatical about proper service. He carefully studied all the issues that E36 M3s potentially could have and set out to rectify them. We have copies of his services as well as notes. The car was never raced and mostly used to show as well as give students rides at local school events. He kept the car for about 5-years before selling it to the current owner on June 19th, 2003 with about 42k-miles. The current owner is a long time BMW enthusiast as well. He continued to use the car for DE (driver education) events and weekend fun driving.
Highlights of services performed by the 2nd owner include (most parts purchased from Turner Motorsports):
Dinan lightweight clutch and flywheel
Adjustable aluminum camber plates
Adjustable/larger front sway bar
Larger rear sway bar
Solid aluminum rear shock tower mounts
Stainless steel brake lines
Metal impeller water pump
Aluminum thermostat cover
European M3 Oil Cooler
Oil temp, oil pressure, and voltmeter gauges
Highlights of current owner services include
Replace all struts, shocks, springs, and mounts (KW coilover kit)
Replace lower rear trailing arm bushings/ball joints
Ground Control rear lower control arms
Replace motor mounts
Replace power steering hoses
Rebuild brake calipers
Reinforce rear sway bar, front subframe, rear shock tower, and upper front strut
Replace lower front control arms with aluminum factory ones
Remove dealer installed A/C system
Installed finned differential cover
Upgraded fuel pump
Replaced driver side axle
New shifter and all bushings
Replaced SRS control unit
At the end of 2016 (less than 500-miles ago), this LTW had a full motor rebuild. The work was performed by Mino Iorgoveanu of Achilles Motorsports. Mino started his career in the 70?s as a mechanic for factory Renault and Fiat rally teams. He moved to the U.S. in the 80?s and has been building BMW motors ever since. Domestically, he is responsible for building some of the fastest and most winning BMW race team engines. Highlights of the engine work include:
New pistons and cylinders
All new gaskets/seals
New valve guides, rod bolts, and rod/main bearings
Clean, bore, and hone original block
New fuel injectors
New fan, shround, and fan clutch
Replace most hoses
Replaced exhaust manifolds muffler midpipe
Well over $10,000 was just invested in the engine rebuild.
We just had Bullet Performance, one of SoCal?s top independent BMW service centers, perform a complete inspection. They found the car to be in very good condition with no signs of abuse. They performed the following services:
Replaced power steering pump and hoses
New throttle position switch
Replaced shifter, bushings, and all associated parts
In total, $2,000 was just spent with Bullet making sure the car was ready to go to market.
I?m a huge fan of these BWM LTW?s. I?ve been fortunate to own two of them (yes, kicking myself for selling them a while ago) as well as helping my friends sell another 10 of them. The challenge I?ve had with these cars is that if they are too perfect and the miles are too low, what can you do with them? You certainly can?t drive them on fun weekend canyon runs, where they are a blast. You simply detail them and putt to your local Cars and Coffee event. What I love about this one is it is still very original, but can be enjoyed for some fun/guilt-free driving.
The paint looks great with minimal signs of use. The hood has been repainted as well as the right front fender being cleared coated. The rest of the paint is original and verified with a paint meter. All the metal panels are original including the aluminum doors and have their proper VIN stickers. The Motorsport wheels are wearing tires with at least 75% tread life remaining. The brake pads and rotors are new all the way around. There is clear bra on the front bumper as well as some older road chips. The interior is in equally nice condition. The rare seats are in great shape with minimal signs of wear and no tears. The dash is perfect with no cracks or warping. The headliner, door panels, and carpet all look fresh. All the gauges work properly along with the lights. The pixels on the trip computer are also going out (very common part to fail?good condition used units are easily available at less than $100). Furthermore, this example has the extremely rare pre-production textured polymer rear parcel shelf panel. Only some of the very early examples had this part. We have consulted with several LTW/CSL experts and they believe that since this was one of the last units built, they just used this part since they still had it in inventory. This part is truly unobtainium.
Of course, the best part about a LTW is the way it drives. The power feels great from the freshly built motor. There is instant throttle response with no hesitation. The brakes have excellent bite with no fading. Steering is light and intuitive. The car has excellent balance. Shifting is smooth and direct with no clutch slipping. This example would be a blast on any local touring event or even as a daily use vehicle.
California registration is current and good through August of 2017.
This BMW includes an owner?s manual, spare key, 2-binders with most service records, original spare, and a car cover.
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