Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You Had Me At Bea Arthur: 1997 BMW M3

sleep·er  noun; A form of chokehold used in martial arts that stops blood flow to the brain that causes cerebral ischemia and unconsciousness in a matter of seconds when applied appropriately.  

The term sleeper gets tossed around the interweb more often than fake sexy pics of Bea Arthur, but lemme tell ya...this next thing is the real deal.  The real mother lode.  A cornucopia of Golden Girl bikini mayhem...a..Rue de McClanaham-sandwich...a.what...I'm lost.  Where was I?  Is this a dream?  What is Betty White doing on the hood of that BMW?  Find this 1997 BMW M3 offered for $14,000 in Buffalo, NY.  Tip from Jeff.

The general E36 M3 population is starting to show some agedness -- headliners are saggier than Estelle Getty's shower cap and the paint is greyer than it used to...but this one looks sharp. It doesn't look a day over 20 years old...when did these cars get 20 years old?

The monster under the hood is a 3.2 liter inline-6 that has been boosted to 550 horsepower via a beauty salon sized hair dryer turbo and all sorts of other shiny aftermarket parts.  It probably makes enough noise to wake the dead.

See another car that'll thank you for being a friend?


  1. Don't see a link to the ad, but I bet it's one of those that, in an attempt at credibility, namedrops some local laptop tuning hero who no one really knows....something like "TUNED BY DAXX LITESPEED JR"

    1. Updated with the link now. TUNED BY DAXXLITESPEED!!!

  2. M3s are not and never will be a "sleeper"

    1. I hear ya, but I don't anyone would expect a 20 year old M3 to shove of 500+ horsepower sandwich down their throat. Most do expect good things from anything with an M badge though.

  3. We got some geriatric envy going on here! Having owned an E36 since I bought it new in 1995,I can unequivocally state that my headliner does not sag.........probably because its a convertible.

  4. You had me at "Rue de McClanaham-sandwich"!

  5. How many different sets of plates does this one have?

  6. I used to have a supercharged M3 of similar vintage. The great thing is that these cars had ~320 HP in their Homeland so the chassis is designed for a lot more power than the US models came with.

    Unfortunately the guy I sold it to burned up the supercharger. The kit used a power steering reservoir for the special supercharger oil but apparently the guys at the Jiffy Lube thought he was low and topped it off with power steering fluid. Doh! Anyway, I'd love to own one again.


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