Evaluation: Original | Some light chips on the nose and two small scratches on the hood, but otherwise fantastic paint in Laguna Seca Blue, which is, hands down, the best color. No wear to speak of in the interior. Original brakes are showing their age. Represented with 19,608 miles, which is reassuringly low, but not so low that you couldn’t drive it without feeling guilty. A mostly excellent E46 M3 that has been treated well its whole life.
Bottom Line: The third-generation (E46) M3 is perhaps the cleanest looking of the series. Enthusiasts love them, as they’re lighter, smaller, and more fun to drive than the generations that succeeded them. No surprise, they’ve been getting pricier for a couple of years now. This result is massive and ahead of the curve, nearly what the car cost new if you count for inflation. It’s also worth noting that colors can make a big difference in some cases, and this is one of them.