Paul Walker’s Collection of M3s Sells for $1.7 Million

by Member - BimmerFest Staff on January 21, 2020, 2:24 pm

You may recall that a collection of seven M3s (and some other cars) were going to auction. Well, they were sold at last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction and pulled a respectable $1.7 million in total.

Walker’s five E36 M3 lightweights sold for a combined $1.3 million. The most expensive from among them selling for $385,000, due in no small part to it only having 4,600 miles on the odometer.

Two E30s were also sold and they went for $220,000 and $165,000, respectively.

And in case you’re back in October when we first learned about the collection, we wrote:

***8232;Five examples of the 1995 M3 Lightweight. A very strange model indeed from the Bavarians. The first year for the E36 M3 in the US was 1995. And they weren't exactly the Euro offering, getting just 240 hp.

BMW needed a lighter car in the US to homologate for sports car racing since they couldn't just use the Euro engine. They started with tricks like thinner, lighter door skins. And leaving out sound deadening, A/C, the sunroof, the radio... You get the picture. More than 200 lbs were trimmed from the cars in total.

The engines were hand-picked from the assembly line, and shorter rear gears were fitted for better acceleration. The most important features, though, were the big rear wing and the checkered flag decals added to the white paint. They make these stand out.

Nobody's sure how many BMW made, and they sold like cold cakes, but the estimate is around 125. And Walker had five of them. Including one with the even more uncommon factory delete of wing and stickers.

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1 responses to Paul Walker’s Collection of M3s Sells for $1.7 Million

bigaward commented:
February 11, 2020, 7:04 pm

He had great taste in cars