1995 BMW M3 Lightweight

Bid to: $61500
Total Bids: 18


The 1995 E36 M3 Lightweight “CSL” is a true, homologation special. 

Headed up by the Performance Technology Group (PTG), aka BMW North America’s motorsport arm at the time, the E36 M3 LTW was homologated for the IMSA Firehawk series of the mid 90’s. Approximately 126 cars of these stripped down, performance oriented versions were built.

All of the lightweights (LTWs) were Alpine White with vinyl multicolored motorsports flags and included a long list of tweaks: 

“Hand-picked” US spec S50 engines, with both performance and weight in mind

3.23 final drive (vs 3.15 on standard, 5 speed cars)

Aluminum door skins

A/C and radio delete

Slicktop (no sunroof)

Adjustable front splitter from the ROW spec M3 GT

Stiffer springs

Reduced sound insulation 

Forged wheels

Carbon fiber interior trim

No tool kit in trunk

BMW Motorsport emblems on glove box and door moldings 

Every car went to PTG for delivery prep where they included the "trunk kit" comprised of a larger rear spoiler as found on the ROW BMW M3 GT, Front X-Brace, strut tower brace, and a deeper “racing” oil pan with dual oil pickups. PTG also issued a letter with every car stating that installing these parts would result in the factory warranty being voided. Thanks D.O.T!

The example presented here shows 36,584 miles on the clock and was purchased by the seller in November of 2015 from Virginia. As originally intended by PTG, this car was occasionally used for track days and thus is reported to have had modifications for said use such as a roll cage, 5 point belts, coilover suspension, and an aftermarket brake set up. The seller had the roll cage removed and drove it sparingly to cars and coffees and other shows. Prior to the seller’s ownership, the car resided in Texas, South Carolina, and New Jersey.

$16,000+ in service/corrective work was put into the car returning it to close to stock condition, while refreshing parts in the interior, suspension, brakes, motorsport graphics, and more. 

The seller states the engine has aftermarket cams and TRM DME chip. A Conforti cold air intake is present in the engine bay along with a Bimmerworld silicone intake boot. An aftermarket header and Super Sprint exhaust send spent gases out through twin “DTM” style tips and an Alpina finned differential cover keeps differential temps in check. 

A white gauge overlay kit is present in the cluster and there is a “ZHP” shift knob in place of the original. The carbon fiber trim shows some cracking and there is a hole ahead of the driver’s side window switch. 

The exterior has chips and scratches throughout and are highlighted in the photo gallery.

The car is sold with a clean Pennsylvania title and includes records for the aforementioned services, carfax, and incredibly cool letter from PTG, as well as photos of the build sheet.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to own an usable example of one of the rarest and most interesting BMW’s! 

Happy bidding! 

CHECK OUT the driving video here!



Conforti Cold Air Intake 

Super Sprint exhaust system


DME chip

Alpina finned differential cover

Aftermarket cams





Special LTW aero package

Hurricane cloth interior 

3.23 final drive 

Carbon fiber interior trim



Chips and scratches throughout

Cracks in carbon finer interior trim

Bottom rear window seals are dry and cracked

Dried up cowl plastic 

Exhaust rattle present

1995 BMW M3 Lightweight


Bid to: $61500