As a millennial, I grew up with the E92 and E60 as my M poster cars.
The E46 M3 was a faint signal on my radar: I understood the classic appeal yet it wasn't enough to trigger an emotional purchase.
Until it did.
After getting my hands dirty revamping the E92: I wanted a new restoration challenge.
This is it - and I might just be in over my head.
Welcome to my build journal.
- Matt / @m3_epoustouflant
"Gone in 60 days" from idea to product in hand.
Matt / @m3_epoustouflant
My E46 M3 is a MY2003 produced for the Canadian market. It is finished in the signature Phoenix Yellow Metallic paint.
The car is optioned with the M-Texture Alcantara interior upholstery.
When combined with the paint color and 6spd manual transmission, it makes it 1 of 7 in the world.
Rare doesn't always mean valuable.
My latest entries
On this first entry, I take a detour in the archives, make a few poor parallels with Marvel, headliners sag, we say to hell with family feuds, and we all owe a big thank you to Gordon Murray & Paul Rosche.
In this entry, I go down the rabbit hole. The underbody gets dismounted and we get disappointed by BMW once more. We revise our plans, strip the underbody, put money where it matters and discuss durable coatings.
Lastly, in an inspired decision, I wink at the E46 M3’s past: I paid hommage.
In this entry, we get to painting the shell and parts. But first, let's cast light with color: as naturally aspirated M cars age and decay, some of us will eventually cross the intersections I do in this restoration.
I give you more insights into the paint process, how a paint shop makes or loses money - and where you should focus the budget!