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These second hand M3 carry shocking price tags

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There are certain cars in the petrolhead community that are widely regarded as good cars, such as the 911, the GT-R, and loads more. One of the most famous 'good' cars is definitely the M3. There isn't such a thing as a bad 'M3', and you can see why, they've stuck with the same formula from the start: front-engined, rear-drive, basically what a petrolhead would die for.

However, is the name 'M3' necessarily equate to 'pricey'? Not necessarily as it turns out. Here are 5 of the best M3 from each generation, you might be shocked at the prices.

1. We start from the daddy of all M3 - 1990 E30 M3

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This is the car that put the 'M3' badge on the map - the E30 M3. Only available as a left-hand-drive car, most of them left in Germany since the beginning, but there are some importers who would buy the E30 from Germany, and import them to the UK, just like this one.

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As with most E30 M3, this one is a collectors' item, and everything is kept in perfect condition. The headliner isn't soggy, the engine bay is well-kept and the shock towers aren't rusted through.

This mint M3 will cost you £68,850, which is very expensive for what is a nearly 30 years old car, but do bear in mind that the value of these old E30 are going up, and never going down ever again. So do grab them while you can.

The only E36 M3 Coupe for sale in the whole of UK - 1996 BMW M3 Evolution

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Back in the nineties, people love to make their 318i look like the M3, because it's hard to distinguish between a normal body E36 and the M3. You can see why, the M3 has only a boot spoiler, some flared arches, a chin spoiler, side skirts and some fancier wheels. That's it.

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However, it's under the bonnet where things start to look 'M3-esque', a 3.2L straight-six naturally aspirated engine with oodles of character and a wonderful sound. You mate that to a manual gearbox, and what you end up with, is nothing like a 318i.

At £13,495 , this example doesn't look too good value, the headlights have gone milky and water has gone inside the light lenses and the engine bay doesn't look mint at all. However, considering it's got full dealer service history, and it's the only one advertised in the whole of United Kingdom, is it worth the buy? It really depends.

Arguably the best M3 of all time - 2003 E46 M3 CSL

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This is the first car to bear the name of 'CSL' since the iconic 3.0 CSL. And what a car to carry that name. BMW pulled out all the stops to make sure this M3 is fit for the job. Thinner glass, a carbon roof, tailgate, remove all the sound deadening materials in the interior, stripped the interior to the bare minimum, and put some lightweight buckets. The result is a staggering 110kg lighter than the normal M3.

That alone is enough for the M3 CSL to excel on the Nurburgring. It's even faster than the modern day M4 on the Ring, that's how impressive the CSL is.

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This particular CSL costs £54,995 , it's not the cheapest CSL on sale in the UK currently, but since this one only did 49,000 miles, if you take care of it, it is going to reward you with a large sum of money when it's time to sell. And you're having fun while earning money. Happy days.

Last of the naturally aspirated M3 - 2012 E92 M3 Competition Pack

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Jeremy Clarkson once said that the competition pack M3 from the E92 era feels exactly the same as the normal M3, and the fact that it's got start/stop, means that it's worse than the normal M3. However, what he didn't know at the time, is that this will be the last ever naturally aspirated M3 of all time. And that means, the competition pack M3 might be worth getting after all.

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Inside the competition pack M3, it's business as usual, alcantara on the steering wheel, body-hugging leather seats and a dual clutch transmission which shifts like a pig...

However, at just £33,995, you're not paying a whole lot for a V8-engined coupe. Is it worth the extra over a normal E46 though, that's the question.

An orange M3, because why not - 2018 F80 M3 Competition Package

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Fast forward to 2018, the M3 has become a four door, gained some weight and gained two turbos. However, the fun is still there, the formula still remains, and the plus side is, you get to take your kids and their mama along for the ride if they want to experience some of that fun too.

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Inside the M3, it's strangely familiar, i-Drive system in the middle, some flappy pedals behind the steering wheel, and some contrast stitching on the seats just to make it slightly racier.

This particular M3 Competition Package is a nearly-new car, with just 110 miles, it hasn't even been run in yet. The dealer is asking £74,995 for it, which sounds a lot. However, this is the cheapest orange M3 you can get, aside from the M3 GTS (of which none are for sale in the whole of UK), so what's there not to like?

If money was no object, which would you get? Tell us down there!

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