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Old 07-11-2007, 10:50 PM
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Whistle 20 years of ///M3: Picture gallery(56k warning)

Twenty Years of the BMW M3 –
a Legend in Sports. (Short Version)

It is one of the most successful chapters in the history of the automobile and in international motorsport alike: the story of the BMW M3 – and to this day, the end of this unique success story is not even in sight.

In 2006 BMW and BMW M GmbH celebrated the 20th birthday of the most successful touring car of all times. Within two decades, three generations of the BMW M3 have successfully entered and conquered both the market and the race track, each of these models quite unique and legendary in its own right. Dominating the racing scene and paving the way on the road for a new species of particularly sporting, but nevertheless highly practical series-production cars fully suited for everyday use, the BMW M3 to this day thrills a loyal and constantly growing group of enthusiasts and aficionados the world over.

This unique story of success started back in 1986 with the launch of the first BMW M3 based on the E30 version of the BMW 3 Series. From the start, this thoroughbred sports car thrilled not only the motorsport enthusiast and the racing expert, but also car fans the world over. Boasting powerful-looking spoilers and strikingly flared wheel arches all round, the very first BMW M3 was a sensation to behold even at a standstill. And although the road-going version offered all the everyday driving qualities required of a modern car, the real home of the BMW M3 was the race track. Powered by a four-cylinder featuring avantgarde four-valve technology, the BMW M3 brought home one victory after the other.

Originally conceived for just 5,000 units for the purpose of homologation, this very first BMW M3 gained growing popularity right from the start.

And apart from the car’s convincing concept, an ongoing increase in engine power from 195 hp all the way to 238 hp added to the car’s fascinating thrill.

Total production up to the end of the car’s production cycle in 1991 amounted to almost 18,000 units including the BMW M3 Convertible. Subsequently, the two following generations significantly exceeded even this remarkable sales figure, the second generation of the BMW M3 based on the E36 model series accounting for a sales volume of almost 72,000 units, and the third generation based on the E46 model series achieving an even more impressive production run of over 85,000 units.


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Old 07-11-2007, 11:46 PM
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nice pictorial. Interesting thing is they left out my favorite E36 m3.. the 95 M3 LTW. What a steal at under 40K at the time...
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WOW...great pics!

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Old 07-12-2007, 09:24 AM
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Great pix!
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:40 AM
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Killer post. Makes me want to go collect them all.
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Originally Posted by ncx
Killer post. Makes me want to go collect them all.

I loved and always will love the E36...it was the first BMW the family get.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:47 PM
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I really like the E30, but of course, the E46 is my pick. I hope to buy one second-hand in the future
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They are all great cars. I have owned a e36 325i for about 7 years, so I would probably pick the e30 or e46 just for a change with regard to interior scenery.

Does anyone know if there are any examples of the e36 M3 GT in the U.S.? From what I have read they were only offered overseas, came only in green and were fitted with special GT interior badges. Also, what is the difference between a regular M3 and a GT version?
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:23 AM
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very cool. Reminds me of my 2003 now.

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Great Post, The E46 is simply stunning, best 3er to date, so timeless
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