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BMW Z3M Roadster


1999 BMW Z3M Roadster

  • 1 of 918 Z3M Roadsters
  • Finished in Arctic Silver Metallic
  • Extended Black / Imola Red interior
  • Low Mileage - 38k miles
  • Hardam Kardon Hi-fi
  • FSH - 10 service stamps, inc 'Running-In'



Introduced as the 'M' divisions (BMW Motorsport department) development of the Z3 Roadster, the Z3M Roadster was manufactured between 1997 and 2002 and was developed under the leadership of engineer Burkhard Göschel, with the exterior design enhanced from the original Z3 created by Joji Nagashima. Power came from the M division 3.2 litre (S50 engine in Europe from '97-01 and then the S54 engine for '01-02) which produced circa 320bhp and when mated to a 5 speed ZF gearbox gave the car a sub 5.5 second 0-60mph time and a top speed limited to 155mph. 

Compared to the standard Z3, M models featured a limited slip differential, a wider rear track and larger brakes (shared with the E36 M3 coupe / saloon). Z3M models have more aerodynamic wing-mirrors, redesigned front and rear bumpers, revised side gills, staggered 17-inch wheels, quad exhausts, additional instrumentation, sport seats, extended leather to the centre console and 'M' Power gauges.

Originally supplied by BMW Coombs of Guildford on the 23rd April 1998 this Z3M Roadster is a real rarity and is 1 of only 918 RHD models fitted with the 3.2 litre 24 valve twin-cam S50 engine, producing 316 bhp. Finished in Arctic Silver Metallic and with only 38,200 miles, this Z3M is in fantastic condition and is fully spec'd with the following features:

  • Leather Motorsport seats finished in Imola Red / Black Nappa Leather - extended to the door-cards and centre console.
  • BMW Business Radio with 6 disc-changer.
  • Harman Kardon hi-fi system.
  • Electric folding soft-top.
  • Air Conditioning.
  • Electric Windows.
  • Central Locking.
  • Z3M Electric Mirrors.
  • Motorsport Steering wheel.
  • Z3M Oval rear view mirror.
  • Quad Exhaust.
  • Floor Mats.
  • Additional Motorsport instrumentation.
  • Electric / Heated Seats.
  • 17” Motorsport Wheels (fitted with matched Avon ZV7 tyres 6mm) - fully refurbished and in 'as-new' condition.
  • Limited Slip Differential.
  • AC Schnitzer pedals.
  • Wind Deflector (with storage bag) and soft-top Tonneau cover.
  • Z3M exterior styling.
  • BMW Alarm system.

Highly desirable and with low mileage this Z3M Roadster has been kept in wonderful condition. The Arctic Silver bodywork remains blemish free, the red / black Nappa leather interior is lovely and supple, but hugs the driver and any lucky passenger in all the right places, the soft top is free from any scuffs and operates smoothly and with her refurbished BMW Style 40 alloys this Z3M Roadster looks spectacular, testiment to careful ownership. The 3.2 litre engine fires instantly and once up to temperature and with the engine revs rising, one can't help but be intoxicated by the sound of the M-Power engine as it exits through the quad outlet exhaust. 

Supplied by Coombs BMW this Z3M Roadster comes with 10 services stamps, a mix BMW / Independent specialists, the most recent being December 2018, invoices for circa £3k, she comes with her BMW Book Pack, 2 keys plus BMW alarm system, Tracker (requires activation), her original tonneau, tool kit, first aid kit, warning triangle and even the original BMW Tyre repair system. With only 38k miles she is one of the finest examples available, a true classic, and will be a stunning addition in any collection which will continue to appreciate in value.

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