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Very much an oddball and all the better for it, the Z3M Coupe follows no model lineage and wasn't replaced when production ceased, but what a wonderful hiccup in the corporate product line this car was. The M Coupe housed the fabulous straight-six engine from the M3 in a smaller body based upon the two-seat Z3 and there were three distinct iterations of the car built for the UK market over the model's short life. Up until April 1999, the car is now referred to as the S50 pre-facelift, between April 1999 and 2001 it's known as the S50 post-facelift, and the rarest of the three was built between 2001 and 2002 and is known as the S54 facelift car.
The main distinguishing feature is the engine used. The S50 engined car (321 bhp) was built between 1998 and 2001 using motive power from the E36 M3 and the later S54 engined model (325bhp) was manufactured between 2001 and 2002 and adopted the power unit from the E46 M3. Apart from the engine, the main differences between models are the drive by wire throttle, DSC system, and externally, shadow chrome wheels. The inside was as defiantly individual as the outside, featuring chrome-rimmed dials with multi-coloured leather seats available as an option but despite being distinctly different, it was built to the same superb standards as any BMW and was a totally practical everyday driver that just loved to play the ‘bad-boy’ at weekends.
Offered here is a truly stunning 1999, UK, right-hand drive, S50-engined, five-speed Z3M Coupe finished in Titan Silver metallic with a black Nappa leather interior that has only covered a well-documented, 17,745 miles from new, This car is in remarkable condition, has patently been pampered to within an inch of its life, and could conceivably be the best of the 821 right-hand drive cars produced for the UK.
It was originally supplied by Douglas Park BMW and the specification included a Limited Slip Differential, PAS, ABS, cruise control, electric windows, electric and heated/mirrors, Heated windscreen washers, power tilting panoramic roof, remote locking and 17" BMW Roadstar alloys. It comes complete with a rear luggage cargo net, warning triangle and unopened first aid kit. Evidence of caring ownership can be found within the car's history file which includes the V5C logbook, DVLA MOT check print off, previous MOTs, experian auto check report, original BMW owners book pack (service booklet, owner’s handbook, dealer warranty & emergency service handbook, service europa book, BMW Management leaflet, stereo operating instructions), BMW chassis info reference specification, BMW service visit print off, various invoices, a full set of keys and a BMW touch up stick. It was treated to new front calipers, discs and pads at Harry Fairbairn BMW on 17/01/2019, the most recent service was on 05/06/2019 at 17,730 miles and the MOT is valid until early April 2020.
At the car’s launch, its looks certainly polarised opinion, however, even amongst those detractors a spell behind the wheel quickly changed their minds and that quiet respect has continued to grow until the Z3M appears to now be heading for ‘cult’ status. Extrovert and cranky it may be, but it certainly stands out amongst its rather anodyne siblings and being that rarest of beasts, a German car with personality, it’s increasingly sought-after and may well be one of your better investments.