Clean and Clear CA title
Always a CA car.
BMWCCA enthusiast owned.
Not very often does a low-production, race-bred, collectible come along at an affordable price. With approximately 120 produced for the world and only 85 coming to the U.S., it is no wonder these cars are becoming so sought after.
History of the Lightweight:
The 1995 M3 Lightweight (BMW NA model code 9520) was produced between 8/95 through 10/95. A small quantity of these M3 LTWs were produced, aimed at the performance purist and/or active competitor. This street-legal model (as delivered to the dealership) eliminated several comfort and convenience items for weight reduction purposes, which were normally found on standard M3 models. The M3 lightweight came with several performance upgrades based on the European M3 GT homologation series for worldwide GT racing. The U.S. models were homologated for the IMSA series and because of strict D.O.T. laws; they had to be sold with all the “go-fast” parts in the trunk. Also, it has been rumored that the motors for these cars were handpicked off of the assembly line and the highest output and lightest motors were set aside for the CSL/LTW program.
Unfortunately, many of these cars went to pro race teams or club racers and very few unmolested examples remain. Estimates of this number is around 2-dozen examples.
Differences to a stock M3:
Rear axle ratio of 3:23
GT front spoiler with adjustable wind splitter and aero underbody panel
Solid upper strut bar brace
Special sports suspension settings
Trunk lid spoiler with integrated third brake light
BMW sports seats, cloth only
Special interior materials and colors
Forged alloy wheels
Reduced sound and noise insulation
Alpine white with diagonal Motorsports flag
Carbon fiber trim
BMW Motorsport International logo integrated into doorsills, door rub, and glove box
No center console valet
Trunk lid tool kit deleted
This particular example is in remarkable condition and looks like new. It has never been in an accident or had any kind of paintwork done to it. It even still has a bit of that new-car-smell. Also, some very tasteful upgrades were made that are strictly bolt on in order to preserve originality. These upgrades include: Aluminum control arms, steel brake lines, H&R lowering springs, Polyurethane bushings including motor mounts, Remus exhaust and wrapped headers, Group N intake, aluminum shock mounts, and GT Motorsport steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara suede (we still have the original steering wheel)
The car was original sold out of a San Francisco Bay Area BMW dealership in January 1996. This owner only put around 700 miles on the car over the next 4-years before selling it. The 2nd owner kept the car until 2002 and put around 10,000 miles on it before selling it. The 3rd owner was a service writer for a BMW dealership in Los Angeles. He kept the car until 2009 before selling it with 30,000 miles on the car. The current owner is a BMWCCA (BMW Car Club of America) member who is a big German car enthusiast. He lightly used the car for the next 4-years. He mostly used it to attend car shows. The car has never been tracked or abused. All the services were done at the proper intervals.
Recently, the car was invited to be displayed at the prestigious Quail Motorsport Gathering.
This car is very complete with all of the original documents including the factory build sheet, letters from PTG, rare ltw/csl manual, and the original window sticker.