BMW E36 Chassis Numbers
The chassis plate on BMW is located on the left-hand door sill and shows the name of the company who built the shell, i.e. who installed the roll-cage. Though the 1980s and early 1990s construction of most shells was contracted out to German company Matter.
For the E36 3-series built during the early 90s, chassis numbers were in the format E36/XXX NNN YY
E36 Model designation
XXX Vehicle specification
CL2 FIA Class II
A Group A
N Group N
1 Early BTCC 2-litre class coupe
NNN Sequential number. The number is specific to the E36 model rather than to the year of manufacture, so the sequence just continued from one year to the next. The number is usually 3 or 4 digits in length with an extra leading zero, so 070 or 0124 instead of 70 or 124. It's believed there were a total of either 128 or 129 cars built, which includes all specifications.
YY Year of manufacture
From 1995, production of the shells moved in-house to BMW Motorsport.
For these later cars, chassis numbers were in the format E36 XXX YY/NNN
E36 Model designation
XXX FIA SuperTouring
YY Year of manufacture
NNN Sequential number. The number is specific to the year of manufacture, restarting at 001 each year.