The first generation M Series was based on the Z3 and the second generation was based on the Z4. All models were produced in the BMW Spartanburg plant in the United States, with some major components imported from Germany. The M Coupé, manufactured from 1998 until 2002, was developed with the intention of adding increased torsional and structural rigidity to the Z3 roadster's chassis. To achieve this goal, majority of the body panels had to be shared with the M roadster, thus the doors and everything from the A-pillar forward are interchangeable between the coupé and roadster, as are most interior parts. The Z3 coupé, which combines the M coupe's body with the standard Z3 drivetrain, chassis and cosmetics was approved for production at the same time.
Sales were slow as it didn't generate much interest between the enthusiasts. As a result of their relative rarity, M Coupes (especially S54 powered models) retain much of their value. The M Coupe powered by the S54 engine is one of the lowest production BMWs with only 1,112 built.
This BMW Z3M Coupe has been under its current ownership since 2013, having been bought from Guernsey, and has had 5 former owners. The car has been returned to its original specification by the current owner, including replacement of the Vanos by Mr Steve Vanos this year. All servicing and restoration has been undertaken by the independent specialist Bartley BMW in Southampton, with full BMW service history shoing in the service book. Restorations and repairs including interior trim, alloy refurbishment, air conditioner service and central locking repair have been done locally in Southampton.
The car has an MoT until June 2021 with no advisories identified, and it comes with a recent full BMW service. The car runs beautifully with the new Vanos.
The service history of the car is as follows: 9.9.99 - Delivery check (7 miles), 24.12.99 - Running in check (1,546 miles), 20.4.00 - Oil (7,470 miles), 30.8.00 - Inspection 1 (14,910 miles), 6.9.01 - Oil (21,367 miles), 2.9.02 - Brake and coolant (27,622 miles), 29.10.02 - Inspection 2 (28,580 miles), 3.2.05 - Oil (43,229 miles), 10.12.07 - Inspection 2, Brake and coolant (57,234 miles), 3.4.09 - Oil (64,705 miles), 22.8.10 - Oil (71,608 miles), 23.10.13 - Inspection 2, Brake and Coolant (83,193 miles), 24.3.16 - Brakes (87,323 miles) 13.6.17 - Oil and Brakes (90,520 miles), 13.9.18 - Brake and Coolant (93,472 miles), 15.1.20 - Vanos and Valve clearance. June 2020 - Oil (97,000 miles).