I am offering a 1997 M3 Coupe. I will first deflate the balloon and then inflate it.
The last 7 of the VIN – EY76410, so you can “decode” it on BWMVIN.COM
The clear coat in places, some paint fade
Front seat condition
Southern California / Las Vegas car
Absolutely ZERO rust, and no body damage
Dash is perfect
ALL electrics are perfect
The car was “perfected” mechanically before any upgrades two years ago
Known blown head gasket – NOT a cracked head from an over heat – and that was addressed
A/C and heat are perfect
Carpet, “cards”, rear seats, and rear deck are all perfect.
Completely damage free.
The engine has been fully rebuilt with 1st over Mahle pistons. Boring was done with a torque place. Crank was polished and measured, and found to be well within specs. The head was vacuum and pressure tested before skimming it. Still measures 139.96mm. It was fully rebuilt. All work was done at Noland’s Cylinder Head Service in Kansas City. Feel free to inquire with any BMWCCA member here about them. VANOS was rebuilt. All first quality gaskets and seals. New bearings. Cams and trays were fine and all lifters replaced with new ones. New oil pump and Achilles pan baffle were installed. All new race duty chains and new guides. Full new cooling system with Behr radiator and BWM OWM reservoir. New belts and underdrive pulley set were installed. Injectors were fully serviced by an outfit I have used for years in Wichita. Stock manifolds. Exhaust has a Bimmerworld race collector into custom 3” single exhaust with a 100 cell race cat, as well as Magnaflow resonator and flow through muffler. (Easily passes “sound” at SCCA Nationals.) The DME has a very aggressive tune from Active Autowerkes. NO fault codes. No drivability issues in any weather. Highway mileage is about 30-32 MPG, combined is 24(ish) and somewhere around ZILCH when at autocross event !!! (Horsepower is never free). No oil leaks or consumption. Coolant and P/S systems are tight.
Transmission was resealed and the detents were replaced. Shifter is an older Automotive Solutions kit that has been renewed/refreshed. Absolutely no slop. Driveshaft was replaced with one from Driveshaft Specialties and a new guibo was installed. Diff was upgraded with a three clutch from Diffs Online and new ramps (30/90 IIRC) were done. (The OE ramps are still in place if one wants to soften the diff.) The clutch is a LUK oem replacement, and the stock flywheel is fine.
New Lemforder front control arms and tie rod assemblies. Fresh front hubs. Poly bushings EVERYWHERE, even in the shift lever carrier – front and back. In February I dropped the subframe to install 6 new ball joints and 2 poly upper/inner in the lateral control arms, and the lower (camber arms) were replaced with adjustables from Bimmerworld. Suspension is all TC Kline D/A with lots of various rate springs and multiple sway bars. Depending on what a buyer wants, I have a full set of OEM 8.5” E36 M3 wheels powder coated black and have 245 Michelin Pilot Sport AS3 tire with exactly 8 VERY wet autocross runs on them. Also, a set of completely uninjured D Force 17”x9” ET41 wheels with 8 BFG Rival S 1.5 tire with at least 50% tread, and all 2018 production. Steel braded brake and clutch lines with Ferodo DS2500 pads. Calipers were rebuilt with new seals, and bronze caliper bushings are installed. Bimmerworld “undertray” in front. There is a LOT of camber available so the car can be set any way one wants.
Currently installed are Brahm seats on runners with 4 point 3” belts for the driver. Stock belts are still in place. Driver’s airbag and passenger occupancy SIMs are in place to avoid lights. I have 13” 3” dish and 1” dish steering wheels as well as the stock wheel with airbag. Oil pressure and temp gauges are installed on the steering column and have night lights matching the dash. All exterior graphics are vinyl, so can easily be removed.
Why am I selling it? Well, I have been using an E36 328 and then this M3 for 6 years in SCCA Solo. I have now acquired an 04 M3 to pound on is SCCA Solo STU. To be honest, the M3 is outclassed (at a national level) in SCCA Solo STR, but my co-driver and I have been VERY successful at local, divisional, and even Tour levels. If someone wants to run it in Solo, it is “turnkey”. Or as a track car it is a matter of whether or not one wants actually “race it” or run “track day” events, and decide on what roll protection one wants to install. Otherwise, it is ready to go.
At this moment, it is running about 4 degrees front and 3 degrees rear camber. It could be driven anywhere, but could be hard on tires. If a purchaser wants to trailer it, it can stay put. If one want to drive it away, I would be glad to put a street alignment on it. I am 100% sure I have left things out, so ALL questions will be answered. There are some local shops that know me and my cars, so if you like I can refer you to them.
I will add pictures in a couple of days, as the phone that was storing them fried, so I have to take fresh ones.
FULL VIN available if someone want to research the car further.