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Launched in 1998 and only in production for five years, the Z3M Roadster was developed by BMW's M-Sports division who installed the magnificent 321bhp, 3.2-litre straight-six engine from the contemporary E36 M3 Coupe, along with that car's beefed up suspension, brakes and five-speed manual gearbox. The package was topped off with massive alloy wheels, quad exhausts, and a more aggressive front spoiler and side skirts. There were also interior upgrades with additional gauges in the centre console, 'M-Sport' gear knob, various chrome bits throughout the cockpit, and leather sport seats as standard equipment. The result was a proper sports car that could scorch to 60mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top speed limited to 155mph. Only 15,375 were built in total but of these only 3,557 were to full power European spec (American cars only had 240bhp) and only 997 were RHD.
This is a really lovely example of an S-50 Z3M Roadster and was UK-specified from new in right-hand drive, finished in Arctic Silver, with an M-Sport interior including S50 bucket seats in Imola Red and Black Nappa leather. Additional options chosen from new include, a limited-slip diff, air-conditioning, heated sports seats, a passenger airbag, and an M-Sport leather steering wheel. It was delivered from the factory to distributor, Patrick Smets BMW Belgium on 18th May 1999 and collected from there by its first owner, Mr J Graves, who was working there at the time. He brought the car home with him to the UK immediately and it was first registered on 1st June 1999. He obviously loved it as he kept the car until January 2017. This lucky little BMW moved from one fastidious owner to another and has resided in a rather special private collection ever since.
The mileage indicated on the car's MOT Certificate (May 2019) is 14,060 which is fully supported by the 13 BMW main dealer service stamps (12 of which were Batemans). The most recent service was in May 2016 with the odometer showing 13,898, illustrating how little the Z3 has been used recently. The comprehensive owner's file contains all the aforementioned MOTs, the stamped service record, original COC, and the build spec. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.
In splendid condition all round, we imagine that it would be difficult to find a better example of these spritely little German roadsters.