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LeatherZ S54 - Part 2

Jon Maddox M CoupeThis story is a follow up to a story posted online years ago. An interesting next chapter and a wonderful BMW reunion story. There were two brothers, Jon and Andy Maddux. Jon was the older brother living in Seattle, Washington and Andy was living in Cincinnati, Ohio.


LeatherZ S54

Jon Maddox M CoupeIf you have been around the M Coupe community for a while, you are undoubtedly familiar with Jon Maddux's amazing Imola Red over Extended Walnut S54 M Coupe. If not, let me introduce you to one of my favorite M Coupes.

Imagine for a second all of the people on the planet who have had the chance to drive an M coupe, even one time. That population is actually very small, even amongst all car enthusiasts. The largest, outermost circle represents that population. Smaller than that population is the number of people who have had the opportunity to own M coupes. And if you take that population and divide it again by those who have owned their car since the day it was new and still do, and you get an even smaller group… the innermost circle… a very small group that is declining in number all the time. I am in that group, and this is my story.


Memories Through the Years

Greg Miller sent me an awesome email detailing memories he's made with his steel gray M Coupe in the last 15 years. It was too good not to share.

I grew up with racing heroes who drove Maseratis, Astons' and Jaguars. And both my parents and my wife's parents had Jaguars back in the day. And, as time went on I realized that while they looked very different, they were under their beautiful bodies, all built to a golden formula of wheel base and track width. The straight six was the engine of choice for nearly every one of these cars, except for Enzo and his Ferrari. But, even Enzo built his 250s on dimensions that closely followed the formula. 


Emancipated Navigators

Rupert was one of those couple visionaries who special ordered his S52 in steel gray before the color became officially available. I especially like seeing the color with hypersilver roadstar wheels and the S52 flat ///M badge. Here's his story:

On January 6, 1999 I attended the Los Angeles Auto Show and was about to become an “Emancipated Navigator.”  I had no idea what that was, an honestly, I still don’t.  My very first BMW automobile was responsible, and here is the story.


Helplessly in the Grip

Henry is able to put into words what so many of us feel about our coupes.

Okay, is anyone else as helplessly in the grip of this car as I am?

I found mine a little over a year ago and I am just goofy stupid in its thrall. I do this kind of thing on Saturday mornings:


A Fortuitous Encounter

A great coupe story from Jeff who will hopefully soon be joining the Cartel.

I think my interest in BMWs first began back when I was in middle school. One of my best friend's dad had one of the first E65 745Li cars in I believe Space Grey. About the same time I began spending a considerable amount of time over at their house I saw the 2004 cheesy action film "Taxi" which featured Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifah in a souped up taxicab chasing an AC Schnitzered up 760Li being driven through the streets of NYC by Brazilian Victoria's Secret models. Though the girls of course were a hit with everyone, I was the only one out of all of my friends who was more interested in the V12 Bimmer than the mental taxi.​


"It's about the car, not me"

Another great coupe story from Chris, who was one of the first people I talked to looking for a coupe after starting my site. I’m glad your long search finally paid off. I know exactly how you feel.

It’s a strange obsession, this car. In pictures it may not look like much, but seeing one in person is something else... The roofline is about as high as the wheels on a transport truck, the gas cap…so low you need to go down on one knee when filling up, the front of the car is long and low like a cruise missile, and the back end is completely savage… yet so inexplicably compelling that it almost hurts to look away from it. Whats best about those dramatic looks was how unintentional they were….much of the cars appearance was merely a consequence of necessity, cost effectiveness, and ice cold engineering.


Chasing Unicorns - The Z3 M Coupe

Neil recently purchased this coupe, but his coupe history is pretty epic. Read about it below. Thanks for sharing Neil and welcome (back) to the Coupe Cartel!

It's the tiniest of memories, but it's still there. Mum and Dad sitting up in bed on holiday in the North of Scotland, still in PJ's, eating bowls of cereal, unraveling The Sunday Times. It's a big newspaper, The Sunday Times, but my dad and I fought over only one small section - Motoring.  Somehow it seemed like the paper always got folded in a different order…that, or we just were not smart enough to predict it.  I was unfolding section after section and probably got stuck with something worthless like The Style (I had none of that at all, that’s for sure).  My dad found it first, but instead of a victorious snort, a puzzled look came over his face. "Humphh… well then, what do we think THIS is? How do you like that, Sue? That looks like the golf clubs might even fit"” he said as he thrust an ad on the front page in front of her.


"Best Product We Ever Made"

I get to hear lots of good coupe stories, so I thought I would start posting them in a new category. This first one is from Maurice who is currently looking to purchase back his original coupe.

When the car was about 6 months old, I drove it from Houston to Spartanburg (I went to college in Spartanburg and make the trip back frequently).  I was working for BMW in Houston at the time and stopped in Atlanta at the southern region headquarters to have lunch with some of the regional managers. 



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