1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company

In 1995, BMW responded to American customer demand by building a special track-oriented version of the esteemed E36-series M3. The resulting M3 Lightweight shaved 225 pounds from the standard version by integrating aluminum doors and removing all sound deadeners and comfort equipment. The model also featured stiffer springs, front and rear spoilers, and an individually selected engine.

Chassis 07534 is one of 126 M3 Lightweights built, and it is a particularly pristine and well-documented example. Completed in September 1995, this car was sent to the Prototype Technology Group in Winchester, VA, where the factory-supplied dual-pickup oil pan, adjustable GT rear wing, front strut brace and lower X-brace were installed.

Distributed to Century Auto Sales in Greenville, SC, the M3 was sold to local resident Mauro Romagnoli in February 1996, and he retained possession until 2003. The car was then acquired by an associate of a BMW dealership in Ramsey, NJ, where it was freshened as needed over the next year, as reflected by invoices.

Currently displaying 7,500 miles, this M3 Lightweight appears to feature overwhelming factory originality. It is documented with an original window sticker, a BMW factory record and a CARFAX Vehicle History Report. The minimally used and desirably original Lightweight would make a fantastic complement to any sporting collection.