Lot 291 - 2003 BMW Z3 M Coupé S54 Specification
|Odometer reading||10,999 miles|
|Estimate||£44,000 - £52,000|
|Result||Sold - £51,520|
The Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW as well as the first new BMW model to be assembled in the United States. It was introduced as a 1996 model year vehicle, shortly after being featured in the James Bond movie 'Goldeneye'. While the film was number one at the box office, sales of the car peaked and it was sold out by the time the car was launched. The Z3 was designed by Joji Nagashima of the BMW design team and developed from the E36 platform of the 3-Series. The resulting platform is often referred to as the E36/7(roadster) or E36/8(coupé). When launched, only the 1.9 litre straight four engine was offered, but its 138bhp was not up to expectations. A 2.2 litre engine producing 168bhp was made available for the more enthusiastic driver and in 1997 a powerful six cylinder 2.8 litre engine producing 190bhp was an option; in 1998 the Z3M had a 3.2 litre engine offering more power. The M Coupé was voted by Top Gear magazine as one of 'the 149 Coolest Cars Ever'.
Thought to be the best example of the Z3M Coupé in the UK and with less than 11,000 miles recorded from new, this coupé is in showroom condition. With one previous owner, it is presented in unmarked Titanium Silver with contrasting Imola Red & Black Nappa Leather trim. In October 2001, the M Coupé reappeared with the new 3.2-litre S54B32 engine from the E46 M3. It produces 321bhp at 7400rpm and 258lb/ft.
A well specified car such as this one includes heated drivers and passenger seats, air conditioning and moon roof. Testimony to the untouched and well kept nature of this example is the original first aid kit still in the cellophane. We are informed that for the past six years, BMW have been perusing the vendor to purchase this car themselves. Having been serviced just once, as per its BMW schedule, this car has been SORN since 2012 and used sparingly to ensure all fluids and electrics are fresh and working as new; all details can be found within the history file along with all handbooks, V5 registration and MoT test certificate valid until May 2017. This is an opportunity to own a car of which only 165 righthand drive examples were ever produced by BMW. A genuine classic here and now.