First unveiled at the 1997 Frankfurt motor show the M coupe is BMWs M-developed version of the Z3 featuring one of three 24 valve six cylinder engines originally developed by BMW M for the E36 and E46 M3s.
Developed under the leadership of engineer Burkhard Goschel, with the specific goal of increasing torsional and structural rigidity to the Z3 chassis, the development team had a hard time convincing the Directors to approve the model for production. It was give the go ahead under the condition that the project remain cost effective to produce and as such the M coupe shares many of its body panels and interior trim with the convertible.
BMW claim the M coupe has a static structural stiffness of 16,400 newton meters, 2.6 times stiffer than the convertible and the highest of any other model BMW has ever produced.
LHD, Differential Lock, Remote Control Central Locking, Green Windscreen Shade Band, Electrical Glass Roof, Sports Seats, Heated Seats, Air Conditioning, BMW 6-CD Changer, Multifunction M Sports Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Driver and passenger airbags, Tool Kit, Spare Wheel and Jack.
This exquisite example is finished in a bright shade of Dakar Yellow, an iconic shade of the period which makes for a perfect combination of the M-Coupes striking lines and dynamic presence. The paintwork presents in fine order with few stone chips or blemishes, the only mark a touched in key scratch on the rear quarter. All of the black window surrounds and chrome details are in good condition and provide excellent contrast to the yellow paintwork.
The two-tone leather sports seats are in excellent condition and remain free from any sagging or damage, still feeling firm and supportive. The smart black and grey two-tone combination offers layers of depth that is carried through to the door cards and centre console, all of which is in fine order with no scuffs or marks. The chrome additions to dials, gear gaiter, dash rings and light pull switch provide a stylish lift to a beautifully finished cabin with all switch gear feeling solid to operate and showing minimal wear.
The carpets are perfectly clean throughout, protected in the foot-wells with a set of black over-mats showing no signs of wear. All of the tools and spare wheel are still present, situated under the boot carpet which remains spotlessly clean.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Start up and test are faultless, with the venerable inline 6 providing plenty of torque to ensure that the car is as happy at cruise as climbing the revs – a perfect compliment to the long ratio 5 speed ‘box and the handling characteristics of this potent sports GT. Having never covered more than 6k miles in between services the engine and drivetrain are in excellent health.
The ZF Type C 5-speed manual gearbox feels tight and precise shifting through the gears, handling the power perfectly.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This M Coupe sits on the correctly finished 17″ Starfish wheels with the deep rear dish on the rear providing that typically broad, aggressive stance. With matching Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres showing plenty of tread.
The brakes feel strong and confident bringing the car to a standstill quickly and smoothly.
This sublime Z3M was first registered in Japan in 1999 where it’s lived most of it’s life until being bought over to the UK in July 2017.
The service intervals read as follows;
1,998 kms, 9,595 kms, 10,913 kms, 18,526 kms, 27,936 kms, 36,947 kms, 42,744 kms, 51,454 kms, 56,172 kms, 60,814 kms, 62,816 kms, 65,735 kms, all carried out in Japan
Supporting paperwork supports the service entries and are featured in the history file as well as the original owners book. The car is registered in the UK with all taxes paid.
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