BMW E46 AC Schnitzer ACS3 C30
- Mileage: 72,587
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: September 2022
- Exterior Colour: Mystic Blue Metallic
- Interior Colour: Light Grey Montana Leather
- Top speed: 167
- 0-60mph: 5.6
- BHP: 295
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 2979cc
- Engine Configuration: Supercharged Straight 6
The BMW E46 was the fourth generation of the BMW 3-Series, which was produced from 1998 to 2006. In May 1995, the general exterior design of the E46 by Erik Goplen was approved and as a result DesignworksUSA was contracted by BMW to work alongside BMW Group's in-house design team to create the exterior bodywork for the 3-Series range in February 1996. Based on the E36 body shell, the design team put an emphasis on improving aerodynamics and increasing the car's aggressive stance.
The body shell of the E46 was subsequently claimed by BMW to be 70% more rigid than its E36 predecessor, and aluminium was used for an increased quantity of suspension components, in order to decrease unsprung mass. In tune with BMW's core values regarding handling dynamics, the E46 was released with a front engine rear-wheel drive layout and a 50/50 weight distribution. The car was considered by many as setting the benchmark in its class when it came to performance and handling, that was thanks to the E46’s near-perfect weight distribution and sophisticated rear suspension set up; neither the Audi A4, Mercedes C-class, or Alfa 156 could touch it. It was available with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines, as well as a powerful diesel option.
Mystic Blue Metallic paintwork, Light Grey Montana leather upholstery, 6-speed manual transmission, AC Schnitzer supercharger kit, AC Schnitzer Type III split-rim alloy wheels, ACS exhaust, ACS carbon-fibre rocker cover, Carbon-fibre air box, Front strut brace, ACS door mirrors, ACS badges front and rear, ACS pedals and driver foot rest, ACS handbrake lever, M Sports Package II, Sports suspension, Aerodynamics Package, Multifunction M leather steering wheel, M leather gear knob, Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system, Electrically adjustable front Sports seats with driver’s seat memory, Rear parking sensors (PDC), Cruise control, Front central armrest, Automatic air conditioning, Rain sensitive wipers, Self-dimming rear view mirror, Automatic lights, On-board computer, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Front fog lights, Clear indicators, High gloss Shadowline exterior trim, LED rear lights, Black cube interior trim, BMW Business CD player, CD changer, Velour BMW carpet mats, BMW toolkit, Warning triangle, Protective boot liner, Spare key.
Some cars seem to tick all the boxes, and when it comes to E46s this particular example certainly does just that. A 3.0 M Sport coupe in manual, non-sunroof specification with a number of rare AC Schnitzer performance upgrades from new – what’s not to like?
This beautiful facelift E46 is finished in Mystic Blue Metallic, which makes for a lovely combination with the pale grey upholstery. The paintwork is absolutely first-rate throughout and, after careful inspection, appears highly original all round with only a light dusting of frontal stone chips commensurate with the mileage to report. The body is pin-sharp along both sides with a deep glossy shine across every panel – our studio photos really don’t do it justice. None of the trims or badges show any signs of wear, and the lights front and rear are all crystal clear with no damage or unsightly water ingress to note. Truly defying both its years and mileage this has to be one of the finest E46 coupes we’ve ever seen, and with such incredible specification it really is a very special car.
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In keeping with the exterior the cabin also presents in immaculate condition. The welcoming leather upholstery retains a soft textured finish and is free from any marking or signs of heavy use. The car has always been garaged and so the leather has never been allowed to dry out or crack in the sun. All the dash and driver controls are immaculate, and everything works just as it should including the AC. In the footwells the original grey overmats are retained and, like the rest of the carpets, remain in perfect condition. The boot area is also immaculate and is well protected by a tailored boot liner; every tool is present in the BMW kit.
The car is fully equipped with a number of desirable factory options including electric front seats with driver’s seat memory, the Harman/Kardon HiFi sound system, auto lights, and rain-sensitive wipers. Even the original BMW Business CD player is still fitted having never been replaced with an aftermarket head unit; the complementing CD changer also remains in place in the boot.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Lifting the bonnet reveals an immaculate and extremely well-preserved engine bay. The venerable 3-litre straight-six offers effortless silky-smooth driving and, readily equipped with the sought-after AC Schnitzer supercharger kit, it certainly packs a punch when you need to get a shift on. This Sytner BMW-fitted kit meant 295hp with a maximum torque of 280lbft, which was a substantial increase of about 65hp and 59lbft respectively over a standard 330 at the time. Other special ACS additions include the carbon fibre rocker cover, carbon fibre and air box, and strut brace. The factory 6-speed manual gearbox completes the package.
Reading through the history file it’s clear this E46 has always been maintained to a high standard. The last service was only recently been carried out in April 2022 at the current mileage of 72k. Upon arrival with us the car was also fully inspected by our trusted specialist workshop; everything was found to be in extremely good fettle with no items requiring attention. It was also reported that the underside of the car remains in notably fine condition.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Filling the arches are very attractive 18-inch AC Schnitzer Type III split-rim alloy wheels, all in perfect condition with absolutely no curb marking or lacquer damage to report. ACS centre badges are retained all round and the wheels are shod in a matching set of premium Dunlop Sport tyres with plenty of tread left. The brakes have also been checked and remain in fine operational condition, effortlessly bringing the car to a halt quickly and in a straight line.
One of less than 20 ever produced, this is no ordinary 330Ci Sport... As a manual, non-sunroof 3.0 coupe this 2003 facelift E46 already ticks some pretty sought-after boxes and, having been converted from new to ACS3 C30 spec by Sytner BMW, it really is one for the collector. Costing around £8,500 back in 2003 (in addition to the OTR price of a well-specified 330Ci M Sport), the conversion included not only a supercharger but also ACS Type III split-rim alloys, an ACS exhaust, ACS carbon rocker cover, carbon air box, and a front strut brace along with a few other AC Schnitzer goodies as detailed above.
Within the History File the new owner will be presented with the original BMW document pack, all owner’s manuals, original BMW and AC Schnitzer sales brochures, the spare key, and a raft of invoices accompanying the stamped service booklet.
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