1996 BMW E36 M3 Evo 4dr Saloon (Ex Top Gear)

Lot: 317

Sold for (£): 5,830
Offered for sale is a 3.2L 1996 BMW E36 M3 Evo 4dr Saloon manual that has been with the current owner for the last year. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 78 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

The E36 M3 was a more refined, six cylinder range-topper derived from the 325iS unlike its 4 cylinder E30 predecesor. Critics claimed it was closer to a 6-series replacement than a true M3 - and to an extent they were right. But then, BMW never argued otherwise - it was a quick car that would appeal to everyone from the racer to the family man and business user.
What makes this car special is that it was used in Top Gear Series 15 Episode 2, driven by Richard Hammond as the main driver & the Stig, the car was featured in the whole episode & not just a 2 minute slot. The show aired on the 4th July 2010 & was the "car challenge" part of the show, which took place in Germany. Top Gear cars dont usually come up for sale, they are either converted into boats, electric people carriers, etc etc or they get destroyed so this is a chance to own a piece of motoring history from the biggest motoring show in the world.

Please note we are informed by the owner of the following:
This car will come to auction with a brand new MOT which will be done on the 30th of May 2015 for complete piece of mind for the new owner. In relation to the cars MOT history for the Top Gear show, in January of 2010 there were no issues with nearside front suspension, indeed the only advisory was for a high level brake light being inoperative. In July of 2011 there were no advisories and as such a new MOT was issued. Regarding the interior, it has been changed simply because the old one was very tatty, and is a relatively simple upgrade.
In January of 2015 a full inspection 2 service was carried out by Bartleys BMW who are a well-known independent specialist who carried out a full vanos diagnostic check. Also in March of 2015 the car was taken to Snows BMW of Portsmouth for a steering corrosion recall which was attended to.

Lot Details

Registration: P403 TYJ RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1996 Engine size: 3.2L
Make: BMW Odometer reading (miles): 79235
Model: E36 M3 Evo 4dr Saloon MOT expiry: 2016-05-29
Warranted: Yes Chassis number: WBSCD920X0EX93256

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 78 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Reported to be in excllent order, commensurate with age and mileage.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Commensurate with age and mileage.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Drives well with no known faults.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


No known faults.

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


No known faults.


Minor: Major:


No known faults.

Vehicle History


Recent print out confirmation from BMW UK regarding older service history which reads as follows:

26/1/2015 Inspection 2 & Micro Filter – Bartley (independent) - 79100 miles, 22/11/2013 Oil Service – 77542 miles (independent), 15/02/2012 Inspection 1 – 72186 miles (independent), 03/08/2002 Oil Service - Cooper Colchester – Dealer 16353 – 59074 miles, 27/08/2000 Brake Fluid – Cooper Colchester – Dealer 16353 – 58815 miles, 25/05/2000 Inspection 1 – Cooper Colchester – Dealer 16353 – 58704 miles, 09/11/1999 Oil Service – Cooper Chelmsford – Dealer 16119 – 55663 miles, 04/05/1999 Wollaston BMW – Dealer 13220 – 45623 miles, 30/11/1998 Oil Service & Micro Filter - Fairfield – Dealer 16123 – 38186 miles, 18/03/1998 Sytner GX – Dealer 16317 – 30388 miles, 5/03/1998 Sytner GX – Dealer 16317 – 29902 miles, 27/10/1997 Sytner GX – Dealer 16317 – 24086 miles, 12/04/1997 Sytner GX – Dealer 16317 - 14828 miles, 20/03/1997 Sytner GX – Dealer 16317 – 14828, 06/03/1997 Sytner GX – Dealer 16317 – No miles recorded. 

The last service done, inspection 2 at 79100 miles along with Vanos diagnostic to check valve clearances etc, which she has a clean bill of health for. This was carried out by a very well known local independent BMW specialist, Bartleys of Southampton.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history