BMW Z3M coupé, 1998


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{{ $t('Seller') }} PFORC1
{{ $t('Type') }} {{ $t('Private') }}
{{ $t('City') }} Poperinge
{{ $t('Country') }} Belgium
{{ $t('Make') }} BMW
{{ $t('Model') }} Z3M coupé
{{ $t('Year') }} 1998
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{{ $t('VIN') }} WBSCM91000LB55890

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It is 1996 when BMW brings the Z3 on the market, a roadster that two years later would be joined by the Z3 Coupé. That same year, BMW unleashed the M Coupé, a mighty variant of the car whose shape earned it the nickname 'clown's shoe'. This example had its origins in France, after which it was bought privately by the current owner and BMW dealer and brought in perfect condition. Where the Z3 Roadster had a 1.9 and later a 1.8 liter four-cylinder as an entry-level version, the Z3 Coupé was only available with six-cylinder. The highlight of the Z3 Coupé was the introduction of the M version, the M Coupé. Taken in hand by BMW's M department, this tycoon shared its base with the M Roadster, which in turn borrowed the body of the wider six-cylinder Z3 Roadsters.


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The BMW M Coupé is the high-performance model of the BMW Z3 that was produced from 1998 to 2002, at the BMW Spartanburg plant. The car was developed under the direction of engineer Burkhard Göschel with the intention of giving the chassis of the Z3 roadster even more torsional and structural rigidity. The development team had a difficult time convincing the Board of Directors to approve the model for production, but was eventually given the go-ahead as long as it remained cost-effective to manufacture. As a result, the majority of body panels had to be shared with the M roadster. So the doors, most interior parts and everything from the A-pillar forward are compatible between the 2 models. The Z3 coupe, which combines the body of the M coupe with the standard Z3 drive, chassis and appearance, was approved for production at the same time. This model could not appeal to every enthusiast, but this "clown shoe" now offers quite some kicks because it is relatively rare because of its typical styling.

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The car has had damage at the front in the past, so we (the concession holder) also bought it. The car was completely restored in accordance with the rules of the art and repainted by a garage (official BMW dealer). There is no rust on the car, only some traces of stone chips in the windshield. In order to get the car cosmetically perfect, a polishing should be carried out. We prefer to be critical and honest ;-).


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Almost the entire car was repainted, only the roof were not repainted to my knowledge. The front has certainly been repainted, the flanks were also repainted to avoid any color difference. No effort or expense were spared during the repair.

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The front chassis legs were realigned and replaced where necessary.

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The interior of this car is still original and in excellent condition. The leather-trimmed seats provide ample lateral support in fast corners. The dashboard of the Z3 Coupé is typical BMW, with the familiar BMW grilles and switches, but still evokes a bit of nostalgia. The series of round clocks, at the bottom of the center console and the chrome rings around it are examples of this. The steering wheel, also covered in leather, is easy to grip and has two colored horn surfaces in the top two spokes. In terms of storage space, the Coupé with a luggage compartment of 210 liters offers more than the Roadster, but those who pile up their luggage high in the back can even store 410 liters in it. In short, also practical to use. Ideal for two golf bags, BMW clearly informs its target group.


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In the very long nose of the M Coupé, BMW spooned the 3.2-liter six-in-line, good for 321 hp and 350 Nm. With this, a speed of 100 km/h was reached in 5.3 seconds. The top speed was, according to good German practice, limited to 250 km/h. The engine and gearbox are original and in excellent condition, driven 150 kilometers in June without any problems.


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The car received a preventive oil change in 2018 when it moved to the owner's private property. It has always been stored there.

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Unfortunately, there is no maintenance history available. The car was bought and put up 16 years ago. The car was sometimes warmed up to keep everything moving in the engine. Some new parts were fitted over the years: fuel pump, battery, spark plugs, and some small things.


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New. The car has the French registration certificate + certificate of conformity + customs vignette for possible registration in Belgium.

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S243A Passenger airbag S314A Heated exterior mirror / driver's lock S410A Electric door windows, front S423A Floor mat velor S481A Sports seat S494A Seat heating driver/passenger S548A Speedometer S710A M Sports steering wheel multifunction S785A Indicator lights white S260A Electric side airbag for driver/passenger alarm system S403A Glass roof alarm system S302 S428A Warning Triangle and First Aid Kit S441A Smoker Kit S502A Headlight Cleaning System S510A Headlight Height Adjustment S530A Air Conditioning S658A Radio BMW Business CD RDS S676A HiFi Loudspeaker Systems L801A Only for Germany/Austria S818A Main Switch Battery S863A Dealer List Europe S879A Board Documentation

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Finish in finish mainly remove dust, polish well here and there remove varnish residues, air conditioning does not work we saw that no belt was mounted on this or that it had run off? Air conditioning needs to be repaired and checked.

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The car is still completely in its original condition. No aftermarket parts were fitted.

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Striking detail: the M Coupé initially, like the M Roadster, had its license plate on the tailgate, while the non-M's carried it in the bumper. Another special fact: the American M Coupé had a power source of 'only' 243 hp between 1998 and 2000, equal to the engine from the American M3 (E36). A total of 2,999 M Coupés with this 321 hp six-cylinder engine were sold.

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