The M roadster was first unveiled at the 1996 Geneva motor show and uses one of the three 24 valve six cylinder engines developed by BMW M for the E36 and E46 M3 along with an M tuned chassis and several unique parts.
Like all Z3-based cars, every M roadster was assembled at the Spartanburg, South Carolina factory. The drivetrain was assembled in Germany and mated with the rest of the car at Spartanburg.
LHD, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Limited slip differential (25%) (209), Airbag for front passenger (243), Side airbags for driver and front passenger (260), Remote central locking (305), Heated windscreen washer nozzles (314), Green stripe windscreen (354), Electric folding soft-top in black (388), Roll-bar protection system (395), Velour floor mats (423), Warning triangle (428), Smokers Package (441), Sport seats (481), Seat heating (494), Headlight Washer System (502), Air Conditioning (530), CD Changer (692), M leather steering wheel (710), White Direction Indicator Lights (785), Removable wind deflector.
This particular example is finished in a rare shade of solid Evergreen paint. A mesmerising colour which draws your attention to the striking lines and dynamic presence.
Presenting brighter under the studio lighting, it appears darker in natural light and should be viewed in the flesh to fully appreciate its dramatic tones and unusual flare that sets it apart from many other colours offered on the M Roadster.
The paintwork along with other details on the exterior remain in excellent order with no corrosion to be found whatsoever.
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 green two-tone combination offers layers of depth that partners the paintwork and is carried through to the door cards and centre console, all of which is in fine order with no scuffs or marks, in fact it looks and smells new. The chrome additions to dials, gear gaiter, dash rings and light pull switch provide a stylish lift to a beautifully finished cabin with all switchgear 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 roadster.
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. The alloys are shod in a matching set of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres with plenty of tread remaining.
The brakes feel strong and confident bringing the car to a standstill quickly and smoothly.
The Z3 was first registered in Japan on October 1998. Residing in the excellent climate up until its recent import has meant the car has been extremely well preserved.
The history file is complete with original BMW book pack with all the dealer-supplied manuals.
The recorded service history is as follows:
13/10/2001 at 17,182km / 10,676 miles
24/03/2006 at 28,563km / 17,748 miles
21/03/2008 at 33,157km / 20,602 miles
23/03/2010 at 34,385km / 21,365 miles
27/03/2012 at 35,058km / 21,784 miles
12/03/2014 at 35,478km / 22,045 miles
26/03/2016 at 35,605km / 22,123 miles
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