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SOLD on or around December 13, 2018

87,500 miles

Asking Price: $29,950
2001 BMW M Coupe in Steel Gray Metallic over Imola Red & Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Steel Gray Metallic
  • Interior Color Imola Red & Black Nappa
  • Engine S54
  • Title Branded

Seller Description

Now that we have S54s are going for north of $60k, this is your chance to own one for nearly half that price.   This 2001 has approximately 88k on the odometer is one of the most sought-after color combinations.  It has been well cared for by multiple owners, but it is no garage queen.  It is a driver's car and allows you to experience what Ian Whelan on The Drive so eloquently described as "I want the ultimate expression of any car model that I purchase." --

Why the low price?  Early in its life, this car had some front-end damage and received a salvage title in 2002.  The car was restored to original condition and has been on the road ever since.  I have had it inspected by two chassis/alignment shops during my ownership, and both have confirmed it is straight as an arrow.  I've enjoyed this car being a salvage because I would be terrified to do any modifications to a +$60k vehicle.  This car is the right mix of fun, function, and price.

Sadly, I've had some life changes recently that require me to free up some cash.  Alas, my favorite car needs to find a new home.  In addition to the stock and fantastically strong S54, here are the tasteful modifications by performed myself and the previous owners. 

Final Drive Gear 3.23
Vorshlag camber plates
TCK S/A Coilovers
500lb shorty front springs
600lb shorty rear springs
Rear height adjusters
Upside-down mounting shock mounts
Never done rear diffuser
Never done aluminum skid-plate
Whalen aluminum hood pull
LeatherZ Front mudflaps
LeatherZ Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Module
LeatherZ Mark2 Armrest with Large Storage Base
Alpine CDA-9886 w/ iPhone connect
Nichemotoring USB/Aux Passthrough Button Blank
ProFit Dash mount
RAM Mount ball connect x 2 (front and back)
CandlePower HIR headlight upgrade
Steel Gray and Black Kidney Grills
Black Side Marker Wings
15mm spacers rear
10mm spacers front
Rear wiper delete
Stubby antenna
Fluid-less rear view mirror upgrade 

Included, but not installed:
Bentley Service & Repair Manual
Original factory suspension
Assorted touch-up paint and parts

Custom Roof rack (additional $650):
Rhino-Rack XTray Small
Rhino-Rack Luggage Net (Small)
Thule AeroBlade Edge Roof Bar x 2
Thule Podium Fit Kit x 2
Thule Keyed-Alike Locks x 4
RockyMounts DriveShaft HM (Bike Mount) x 2

Recent service:
New front bumper, undercarriage aero, fender liners (2018)
Stripped and repainted rear Roadstars (2018) 
New throw-out bearing (2018)
New AC belt (2018)
New Vanos seal kit (2018)
New driver and passenger window regulators (late 2017)
New driver side window scissor and motor  (late 2017)
Rebuilt window mount (stronger than stock)  (late 2017)

Details on the car from myself and the previous owner:

The car has been featured on CoupeCartel's Instagram multiple times and always garners likes and positive comments.

The front bumper has been replaced and repainted by BMW of Mountain View.  The rear roadstars had some flaking as can been seen in the photos but were stripped and repainted at the same time as the front bumper.  All of the undercarriage aero and front wheel well liners have been replaced.  The body would qualify as "driver's quality" and has small flaws as you'd expect from a tastefully driven 18-year-old car.  In short, this car isn't perfect.  But a little effort can bring this car to showroom quality if that is where you'd like to take it.  If you are a driver, you'll probably be happy with the patina.  I am happy to provide any details you might require.  I can provide a recent CarFax report for the car.

ProTip:  At this price, you can get a bank to finance 50% - 66% of the car with good credit.  Financing a $60k 2001 model year car is nearly impossible, but this pricing is so much closer to the average price that a bank will probably work with you.  I know.  I did it a few years ago, and I've been smiling ever since.

Let's make one thing extremely clear -- I love this car, and it is one of the most amazing machines I will ever own. I've priced this car to sell, but I'd like it to go to an enthusiast that is going to appreciate the rare engineering marvel it represents.

If you are interested, feel free to contact me. I will not respond to requests to part out the car or low-ball offers.


Mountain View, CA

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Posted: 12/13/2018 2:32:02 PM by Jon Martin


Posted: 10/5/2018 8:14:54 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $29,950 from $32,500. Good deal!

Posted: 9/23/2018 10:06:39 PM by Jon Martin

This is Mark's coupe and previously Sam's. As you could probably guess, this is my favorite color combo. It is well sorted with lots of great upgrades. I've gotten to see it in action on several Dorkfest drives and have followed it since 2007 when it came up for sale in Colorado while I was just out of college. The custom roof rack isn't included, but you should probably get it. I think it looks awesome. The price seems very fair to me.

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