30th Nov, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

  Lot 33

2004 BMW M3 Convertible

Sold for £12,656

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: LD54 OAC
Chassis No: WBSBR92070PM96611
MOT: November 2023

  • Finished in the striking combination of Carbon Schwarz Metallic with Black leather upholstery and a Black soft-top
  • Warranted 81,000 miles from new with supporting maintenance and MOT history
  • Due to be freshly serviced and MOT tested before the sale
  • Xenon headlights, heated front seats, air-conditioning, CSL-style alloys, uprated stereo etc

Widely hailed as one of the best looking, best sounding and best handling BMW M3s yet made, the E46 generation debuted at the March 2000 Geneva Salon. Styled by Ulf Weidhase, the newcomer was a deft blend of aggression and subtlety. Available in Coupe or Convertible guises, the E46 M3 was powered by a 3.2 litre DOHC straight-six engine allied to Getrag six-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, the latter could be specified with either a conventional or electro-hydraulically actuated clutch. Dubbed ‘SMG-II’ when shorn of a third pedal, it proved to be the fastest shifting gearbox in the world. Credited with developing some 343bhp and 269lbft of torque, the compact four-seater was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and 155mph (limited). As well as all-round independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and power steering, the nimble BMW boasted a sophisticated M Differential Lock and Traction Control. According to the M Registry, 13,052 Coupes and 7,234 Convertibles were built to RHD Euro-spec.

Finished in the striking combination of Carbon Schwarz Metallic with Black leather upholstery and a Black soft-top, this particular ‘SMG-II’ example is understood to have been supplied new by BMW Chelsea and to have been first issued with the London number plate ‘LD54 OAC’ on 29th October 2004. Changing hands several times thereafter, the M3 was acquired by its most recent registered keeper on 24th February 2014. Main dealer maintained to begin with, more recent servicing has been carried out by specialists. An accompanying booklet contains stamps from Dorking ARC Ltd at 52,271, 62,461 and 70,126 miles. The odometer currently shows a warranted 81,000 miles and the vendor has promised to service and freshly MOT the Convertible before sale. Starting readily upon inspection and running well, ‘LD54 OAC’ rides on CSL-style alloy wheels and has an uprated stereo. The soft-top operates correctly and the M3 presents nicely overall. Offered with V5C Registration Document, book pack and sundry paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 30th Nov, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 29th November 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 30th November 2022 from 9am

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