Today’s AutoTrader/Craigslist/eBay find of the day came down to a tight race between a matte black technician-owned 1997 M3 out of Arizona and the Techno Violet E36 M3 pictured here. The cars were virtually the same with the only noticeable differences being the color, 20,000 miles, and $1,400 large. Neither came equipped with a proper transmission, however, which means ownership is largely for show and when using that logic to individually evaluate the two, Techno Violet was the clear winner.
Unfortunately, although the Brosport currently leads a peaceful life in a small used import dealership in South Carolina, what the AutoTrader listing fails to disclose is that prior to a year and a half ago this particular E36 was registered in the FEMA-sanctioned flood disaster land of Mississippi (hat tip to Carfax). There is no salvage title to confirm that it was directly affected by Hurricane Katrina though, so don’t dismiss it entirely until you’ve completed (or hired out) a thorough inspection…or the mildew particles become airborne.