Top Gear BMW M3 up for auction

An E36 M3 used by Richard Hammond on Top Gear for a cheap car challenge is to go up for auction without reserve

A BMW E36 M3 Evo as driven by Richard Hammond during an episode of Top Gear has come up for sale with Classic Car Auctions, due to go under the hammer next month.

The 1996 four-door variant was used when the trio of presenters travelled to Germany for one of the show’s cheap car challenges. With a budget of £5000 they had to purchase secondhand sports saloons that would be equally at home on a track day.

Hammond’s M3 featured alongside a Mercedes 190E 2.3 Cosworth as driven by James May and Jeremy Clarkson in a Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth.

During the 2010 episode, Hammond runs the car up to 152mph as part of a challenge before the cars are inspected by the ADAC for faults. Out of a possible 150, the M3 scores just six points after it transpires the car was poorly repaired following a collision.

Since the episode, the car’s divisive brown interior has been swapped out for more tasteful grey leather. It would appear that further work has been carried out too, with the 3.2-litre straight six manual car scoring a vastly improved 85/135 in CCA’s pre-auction conditions rating.

The 321bhp lot is offered for sale with 86,000 miles and without reserve. It also surfaced with CCA for an auction back in 2015 – 7000 miles ago – where it held an estimate between £7500 and £10,500.

The ‘everyman’ sale is set for December 2 and also includes a rare Opel Manta 400 built to comply with Group B rallying homologation rules. It carries an estimate of £40,000 to £50,000.

A 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi convertible formerly owned by Only Fools and Horses star Sir David Jason comes in at an £11,000 pre-sale estimate.

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