Madness: Rare BMW M3 GT with 320,000 kilometers
M3 GT with 295 instead of 286 hp
But that was not all, because the engine was also revised. The three-liter straight-six (S50B30) was equipped with six individual throttle valves and the newly developed camshaft control, or Vanos for short. In addition, the short intake pipes of the 3.2-liter engine (S52B30) of the facelift model offered from the end of 1995 were already installed. The result was 295 hp and 323 Nm of maximum torque, while the normal M3 produced 286 hp and 320 Nm. The GT was only available with a five-speed manual transmission at a basic new price of 91,000 marks.
Over 320,000 kilometers on the clock
Despite a mileage of over 320,000 (over 200,000 miles) and a total of six owners, the seller promises in the eBay ad that this is one of the best M3 GTs ever. Hard to believe: Since 2005, around 290,000 euros (250,000 pounds sterling) are said to have flowed into service and maintenance costs.
Engine revision for almost 19,000 euros
The M3 should have two bulging folders full of documents and invoices that are given with the sale. Here is just a small sample of the work that has been carried out in recent years: In 2019 the original engine was overhauled at JC Racing in the UK for just under 19,000 euros (16,000 British pounds). A performance record of 310 hp (305.5 bhp) is said to be available.
Just last year almost 16,500 euros (14,000 British pounds) went into bodywork and cosmetic work, which means that the GT is no longer in its original paint. The seller also points out that there are still minor signs of wear and tear.
This GT is not for fans of originality, because the fifth owner converted the special model for use on the racetrack a few years ago. The chassis was rebuilt and modified by BMW specialist Team Schirmer for just under 12,000 euros (10,000 pounds sterling). In addition, an AP brake system with four-piston fixed calipers and a Quaife LSD limited-slip differential were installed. Negative points would be: The original forged wheels (with BMW Motorsport embossing) are no longer available, as are the carbon trim strips in the interior, black kidneys are installed and the central locking system is spinning.
That speaks for and against this M3 GT
As you can see, despite the exorbitant sum that was allegedly invested in this M3, over 320,000 kilometers and 27 years leave a mark on a car. Viewed soberly, the following facts speak against the M3: the high mileage, six previous owners, not in original condition and not irrelevant for German customers, it is a right-hand drive.
On the plus side: fully verifiable history, extensive engine revision, according to the seller, the M3 should drive excellently and very importantly, the price! Converted, the GT should cost just under 53,000 euros (45,000 British pounds). Even though only 356 were ever built, there are always M3 GTs for sale, and prices have risen sharply in recent years. In the meantime, they are almost at the level of the M3 CSL, because usually between 80,000 and 100,000 euros are called for used M3 GTs.