In my case, at least, I probably should have written that any E36 would do, but I just prefer the M3 (It also has some suspension tweaks that the base models don't get.) As for why, in my case, it's simple: more power (240hp vs ~333hp stock), as well as a desire to fit it with a "proper" M-engine. The S50us/S52 that comes in the US E36 M3 is effectively a punched out version of the M52 that comes with the lower models, and get none of the fun stuff that the euro engines get (Single throttle body vs ITBs, single VANOS vs dual VANOS in the 3.2, hydraulic lifters (which aren't happy above ~7400 rpm) vs solid lifters.)Why would you buy the top model just to toss the engine out?
It's amazing how Ford managed to make that look like a contemporary European Ford Granada without it actually being the same car.I already have a project car.
A 1979 Ford Falcon.
Once looked something like this: (minus the terribad stripes and awful scoop on the front bumper)