The only reason the BMW E36 M3 arrived on our shores in 1995 was because a group of hardcore enthusiasts petitioned the Bavarian automaker to do so. It turned out to be the right decision as this second-gen M3 would cement BMW’s M brand as the standard bearer of factory-tuned hot rods.
The definition of under-the-radar performance, these M3s are not easily identified by the casual observer. However, the squared-off design was hiding a tuned chassis that landed it on Car and Driver’s 10 Best lists every year it was in production.
Today, the small tossable size and incredible steering connection these M3s are known for are difficult to find. The example up for sale here has all that in spades, along with a long list of recent service work to ensure it continues to deliver that unique brand of M performance.