Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1998
  • Mileage 
    40 990 mi / 65 968 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    WBSCK92000LB06127
  • Engine number 
    60231619
  • Lot number 
    305
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Arctic Silver Metallic
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

A smart, first-generation S50-engined Roadster with the 316bhp, 3.2-litre inline-sixUK-supplied, right-hand drive model in Arctic Silver Metallic with Black/Estoril Blue Nappa leatherJust 41,000 miles, only two former keepers, full service history,original bill of sale, and amatchinghardtopThe M-Sport spec includeda limited-slip differential, a wider rear track and larger brakesZ3 M-Roadster and Coupe are considered the last analogue BMW sports carsThe original BMW M CoupandBMW M-Roadsterare high-performance models of theBMW Z3 coups/roadsters produced byBMW between 1998 and 2002.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 BMW Spartanburg plant in the US, with some major components - such as the engine and transmission - being imported from Germany. The Z3 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 Z3s design was a tad contentious at the time, it seemed that the market wasnt quite ready for such an Avant-Garde styling exercise from conservative BMW, but today the distinctive styling is regarded as a real virtue. The length of the bonnet and the short rear-end are complimented by swooping wheel-arches and side-vents, plus its purposeful yet comfy cockpit feels like a nice place to be.However, it wasnt until 1999, when BMW installed the performance version of one of the most beloved six-cylinder engines in the car industry, the 3.2-version of the S50 engine from the E36 M3, giving 316bhp at 7,400rpm 260lb-ft of torque, that the Z3 became an interesting drivers car. The Z3M could now sprint to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 155 mph, aided by uprated suspension, an LSD, a wider track, and larger brakes, all combining to create a proper sports car experience. Today, these cars possess a real feeling of integrity and a distinctive old-school charm; UKs Top Gear declared it the best handling car in the business.Apart from the engine transplant and performance upgrades, the interior of the Z3M received a mild-makeover too and bits of chrome were added, plus a host of M upgrades to differentiate the Z3M from the standard car.With instant response from its naturally aspirated performance engine and a throaty growl from its quad exhausts, the Z3M is now consideredas the last bastion of proper BMW sports cars. Today, the Roadster is appreciatedfor its timeless design, with these special cars now becoming rarer and much sought-after.The car presented here is a particularly fine example, in Arctic Silver Metallic, with just 41,000 miles, only two former keepers, a full-service history,its original Bill of Sale, and its rare matchinghardtop. Our vendor searched high and low for the right Z3M, intending it as a gift for his wife, and came across this car, which had been cherished by its first owner, wasalways garaged, used sparingly and was in very original and genuine condition. With thorough servicing and MOT records to verify the low mileage, it'saccompanied by its full original BMW book-pack and many receipts supporting the service history (reassuringly, this includes an invoice for the brilliant yet sometimes fragile VANOS unit being changed by BMW).In splendid condition all round, we imagine that it would be difficult to find a better example of these spirited little German roadsters.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16thand 30thJuly. Please contact Joeon 07779 082707/[email protected] to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.