2004 BMW (E46) M3 CSL - 2,657 MILES


  • A stunning, collector-quality example of a sought-after modern classic, with exceptionally low mileage.
  • Power comes from the 3.2-litre S54 straight-six, producing 360bhp, with rear-wheel drive via the six-speed SMG automated manual transmission with paddle shift.
  • First registered in July 2004, there are just two previous keepers on the V5C; the third owner acquired the car seven years ago.
  • The odometer shows just 2,657 miles from new.


  • Finished in the most popular Silver Grey metallic hue, this M3 CSL also features its original interior trimmed in ‘Amaretta’ suede fabric and ‘Reflex’ cloth for the seat centre panels.
  • Carbon-fibre is used for the door card panels and transmission tunnel cover.
  • This car was specified with the BMW Business radio, rear parking sensors, and climate control
  • It rides on the original 19-inch double-spoke lightweight alloys.
  • Accompanying the car is the original suede book pouch, containing the owner’s manual, M3 CSL supplementary handbook, and stamped service record, plus two keys as well as service receipts and MOT paperwork.
  • The records also include all the tax/SORN mileage declaration/receipts between 2004 and 2014, confirming the low mileage on the odometer.


  • The bodywork of this CSL is in great condition, with no accident damage. There are small surface scuffs under the front carbon-fibre splitters, and a minor indentation under the right sill as shown in the gallery.
  • Its Silver Grey metallic paintwork is pristine, as shown in the detailed photo gallery below.
  • Other than a small piece of flaked paint on the offside front rim, the wheels are immaculate, retaining their original BMW roundel centre caps and M stickers.
  • Inside, the seats are all trimmed in Amaretta synthetic suede with anthracite ‘Reflex’ cloth centre panels. The upholstery remains in superb condition, with no noticeable wear to speak of.
  • There are no known electrical faults.
  • The most recent MOT test was on 8 March 2021 at 2,656 miles, when it achieved a first-time pass with no advisories. The MOT history indicates it was kept off the road between 2007 and 2014, and then again from late 2016 until early 2021.
  • It is still wearing its original Michelin tyres which are date stamped, so it would of course be advisable to swap to a fresh set before any enthusiastic road use.


  • Its last scheduled maintenance was in March 2021 at BMW Sunningdale. This comprised an Inspection I service, along with renewal of the brake fluid, and completion of the airbag recall work as well as having a fresh MOT test.
  • In 2016, the car received an oil service at BMW Sunningdale, which also incorporated an air-conditioning service and fresh brake fluid.
  • During the major Inspection II work in 2014, the front and rear brake discs were replaced, as well as the gearbox oil and coolant.

Dates and mileage:

  • 22/07/2004 - PDI - BMW GB Ltd
  • 08/12/2004 - 1,268 miles (running-in) - BMW GB Ltd
  • 25/09/2014 - 2,586 miles (Inspection II) - BMW Wolverhampton
  • 28/04/2016 - 2,652 miles (Oil service) - BMW Sunningdale
  • 08/03/2021 - 2,657 miles (Inspection I) - BMW Sunningdale


This BMW M3 CSL is an original and remarkably well-preserved example of one of the most sought-after M cars. Only 422 cars were supplied to the UK market, and this is surely among the very lowest mileage examples in the country, so would make a fine addition to any collection of modern classics. The important running-in service was completed on schedule, and it benefits from a recent main dealer service, which means it is ready to be enjoyed as intended should the next owner desire.

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Car Overview

  • 2,657 miles
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • Silver Grey Metallic
  • Amaretta Suede / Reflex Cloth
  • 3.2L straight-six
  • VINWBSBL960X0JC98364

Lot Overview

  • Lot #05264
  • managed Sale
  • Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom


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