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LK60129 - Part 2: Return to Form 

Posted by Jon Martin / Thursday, June 8, 2017 3:49:00 PM

2001 BMW M Coupe in Imola Red over Imola RedAs mentioned in Part 1, this project was less about repairs and more about returning a low mileage S54 to its former glory. Previous owners had made some modifications unbecoming of a 34k mile S54. The transformation over the past few months has been substantial. I find myself in the garage to stare more and more often.

 

LK60129 - Part 1: Introduction 

Posted by Jon Martin / Friday, February 17, 2017 7:29:00 PM

Let me introduce you to the very first non-monochromatic Project Coupe. Looking back, I realized all of our coupes have either been black, white or more often than not, silver. Even the Z3 Project Coupe is sterling gray. Apparently we've been stuck in a rut. It's also just our second S54 project, and it just so happens to be the lowest mileage one we've had arriving with exactly 34,001 miles.

 

LC60885 - Introduction and Farewell 

Posted by Jon Martin / Saturday, October 8, 2016 9:59:00 AM

Step 1 of a proper introduction is exchanging names. This coupe's name is Bugs. It was given that moniker by its previous owner who purchased it at the ripe old age of 2 with only 18k miles way back in 2001. She lovingly cared for it from then on with only herself and BMW service ever having sat behind the wheel. 

 

LK61067 - Part 2: Devil's in the Details 

Posted by Mark Rand / Monday, June 13, 2016 9:32:00 PM

What is there to say about this 2002 Titanium Silver over Imola Red example? Well, first of all it’s flat out gorgeous. Titanium Silver has a wonderful way of highlighting the car’s body lines and curves. There's a reason it was the most commonly selected exterior color during production. When Jon pulled up into my driveway (after driving over 1,000 miles) I was struck by how absolutely clean it was. Granted there were bugs on the bumper and windshield, but oh my goodness was this a clean example of a stock S54 M Coupe. The odometer reads slightly over 103k, but I would have guessed 50-60k upon first glance.

 

LK61067 - Part 1: Introduction 

Posted by Jon Martin / Friday, May 6, 2016 11:11:00 PM

The story of this project coupe starts way back in the spring of 2011. I remember it coming on the market and loving the color combo (and 1 of just 16 S54s). I was then blown away by its condition with 88k miles. After reading the description I realized why it was so nice. The seller wouldn't even wear jeans in it for fear that the metal rivets would scratch the leather. He also replaced all the bushings, regularly washed the undercarriage, and was way ahead of the scheduled maintenance. My type of seller.

 

LC61069 - Part 5: Borrowing from the Best 

Posted by Jon Martin / Sunday, March 20, 2016 11:51:00 PM

In doing these projects coupes, we have found that many coupe-specific parts are getting either hard to find or very expensive. It takes some luck and/or creativity to gather all the parts you may need. The cool part about buying "used" parts is that they come with some history. I was in the garage looking at the project coupe the other day and realized it now has parts from a lot of very special coupes. Not only will the buyer of this coupe getting a well-sorted, beautiful, and fun to drive car; but they will also be getting a piece of coupe history.

 

LC61069 - Part 4: Details 

Posted by Jon Martin / Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:37:00 PM

While the Randy Forbes kit was obviously the largest project, it was just one of many to make this coupe the best it can be. As always, if you need to do any of the projects mentioned, feel free to ask and I can tell you how I did it or what articles or videos I followed.

 

LC61069 - Part 3: Better, Stronger, Faster 

Posted by Jon Martin / Saturday, February 27, 2016 4:14:00 PM

1999 BMW M Coupe Arctic Silver over Estoril BlueAs you can probably guess from the previous article, subframe reinforcement was project #1. Luckily I just so happened to have a Randy Forbes dual-ear kit in my garage that I was saving for a rainy day.

 

LC61069 - Part 2: A Learning Experience 

Posted by Jon Martin / Friday, November 6, 2015 9:17:00 PM

As Mark alluded to in Part 1, we always recommend pre-purchase inspections when buying a car sight unseen. It's too bad we did not heed our own advice. We were so excited about the deal that we did not even ask for additional photos. We were in for some surprises.

 

LC61586 - 2000 Titanium Silver over Black 

Posted by Jon Martin / Wednesday, July 8, 2015 9:17:00 PM

While not technically an official "Project Coupe", this coupe has been treated as such, and I thought it deserved an article of it's own. Unlike our last couple project coupes, this one did not take much to get it fully sorted. The story started when a woman in Denver emailed me saying it was finally time to let her coupe go.  She had purchased it new with her husband from Weatherford BMW in Berkeley, CA in January 2000. It had always been garaged and given regular maintenance at dealerships or well known independent shops. She had every piece of documentation including dealer brochures and online articles she had printed out prior to purchase. It also only had 45,000 miles.

 
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