Whilst the term ‘modern classic’ seems to apply nowadays to almost anything over ten years old with wheels, nobody can deny the status of the BMW M coupe (or Z3M coupe). BMW made only 986 of these stunning cars of which 821 were the S50 version. Born out of an unofficial, unapproved project from a select team within BMW’s ///M division, these stunning cars look every bit as outrageous today as they did on launch. With that huge rear end, filled out with massive tyres and dressed with shouty quad exhaust pipes, the M coupe lays out its stall from the off. This is basically a lighter, naughtier, faster version of its M3 stablemate, but please beware – this is not a car for the faint-hearted.
This version is the S50 powered car, so comes with the 3.2 litre straight six from the E36 M3. In an M coupe you sit more or less directly over the back wheels, so every bit of feedback is transmitted direct from the tarmac to your behind. This makes for an intuitive ride – and one that true driving enthusiasts will certainly enjoy. The snug cabin is pure classic sports car, the centre console and dash beautifully designed with its plethora of dials and gauges, giving you the immediate sense that you’re driving something really special. Then it throws you a curve-ball. It’s a compact two seater – but with a hatch-back boot and load area, large enough for a Labrador or set of golf clubs. Or, better still, a weekend’s worth of luggage for that spur-of -the-moment road trip.
The design was obviously so good that Ferrari appear to have made an exact, scaled-up copy in their FF model, but without the raw, stripped back feel of the BMW M coupe. Stripped back it may be, but the Z still comes with plenty of spec: cruise control, air con, electric seats, decent stereo – and comfy enough seats to keep your one passenger happy for the duration. Where will you take your Z? And who gets to be the lucky co-pilot?
We know this particular M coupe very well, and we sold it to its current owner a few years back. We prepped it beautifully for him, and he hasn’t let us down. One look at this car and you can see the care that’s gone into its upkeep. It just looks fabulous. Our technicians inspected the car upon arrival, and the results are impressive. It needs a dash illumination bulb or two, the fuel filler cap retention cord needs replacing, and the tyre inflation kit is out of date. Otherwise this Z coupe is ready to drive away, whether its bound for a long-term collection or an immediate trip over the Alps.
As always, this gorgeous M coupe will be sold fully serviced and with a brand new MOT, having been fully inspected and prepped by our technicians – people who know these cars arguably better than anyone else in the world. For more information or to book a viewing, please contact our showroom team on 01825 740456 or email on email@example.com