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SOLD on or around January 8, 2017

97,400 miles

Asking Price: $23,000
1999 BMW M Coupe in Arctic Silver Metallic over Imola Red & Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Arctic Silver Metallic
  • Interior Color Imola Red & Black Nappa
  • Engine S52

Seller Description

I'm selling my 1999 M Coupe with about 97,400 miles. I used this car for fun but want the garage space for other cars; this car deserves to be garaged. Now it's time to let someone else enjoy. And what makes this car turn heads are the BBS rims. And then the immaculate Imola Red/Black leather interior only adds to the wow factor. I get comments every time I drive it.

The original BMW M Coupe is a high-performance automobile produced by BMW as an answer to the Porsche Carrera. Sold for four short years from late 1998 to 2002, only 2180 M Coupes were sold in North America. Only two generations of the M Coupe have been manufactured, this one being the original E36/8 M Coupe. This 1999 M Coupe has the BMW's S52 3.2 liter inline six cylinder engine (similar engine as the North American E36 M3) with 240 HP and 236 ft-lbs of torque. That is enough low end power to do what ever I wanted!

This car was great to start with but a previous owner had a Ground Control suspension professionally installed. The agility of the car at normal speeds (<95 mph) is amazing with no give on the corners.

As I said, the interior is stunning with no significant blemishes. The exterior paint is Arctic Sliver and in very good condition for 97,400 miles. The 3M clear bra has protected the forward part of the hood and the 3M clear bra is also on the rear fender leading edge. This has prevented most chips from road debris. The driver's side rear fender was backed into something and I've fixed it with matched paint as shown in the before and after pictures. I'm sick this happened, but it is what it is.

As a result of their relative rarity, the M Coupes retain more of their value than any other BMW since the E30 M3. In short, this S52 engine 240 HP M Coupe is a minor automotive miracle: It's extremely rare, stunningly unique, immensely capable, and (yes) a supremely satisfying sports coupe. I based the price off of what other M Coupes have and are selling for. See I took $1000 off what I was going to ask for the car based on the rear bumper damage - the entire bumper could be removed and repainted but the area is so small I didn't.

This is a great car which will be enjoyed and admired.

Major Upgrades:
-Ground Control track/school suspension (450 front / 600 rear spring rates) (51,234 miles) Done by Concours Cars of Colorado Springs Colorado
-Ireland Engineering rea camber adjustment kit
-Ireland Engineering rear subframe mounts
-BBS LM wheels (18x8, 35et front; 18x10, 20 et rear) (51,234 miles)
-Sumitoma HTR Z III tires (245/40R-18 front, 275/35R-18 rear) (77,622 miles)
-Angel Eye Headlights
-Window tinting (changed to be legal in Virginia)

Recent repairs / maintenance:
-All maintenance current (oils, fluids)
-Shifter rebuild, output shaft seal, drive shaft center support bearing, guibo (Jan 2014, 92,859 miles)
-R& R inner tie rod ends, lower control arms (Jan 2013, 92,100 miles)
-Forward 02 sensors (Sept 08, 78,000 miles)
-Nothing upgraded on engine.
-No electrical faults and sale includes a Peake Research R5/FCX-II Diagnostic scanner / resitter. Also includes a service manual.
-A/C works fine with recharge every two years.


Poquoson, VA

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Posted: 1/8/2017 9:28:10 AM by Jon Martin

Sold to Nahum in a barter deal. Congrats!

Posted: 12/12/2016 9:23:46 AM by Jon Martin

Back in 2008, the previous listing for this coupe was my home page that I would stare longingly at every day. It was just 2 hours away from me, in one of my favorite color combos, and had 18" BBS LM wheels! I still want the wheels if the new buyer is not a fan (I have roadstars to trade :-)). As you can see from the link above, I still have the old listing bookmarked 8.5 years later. The only major aesthetic change is the headlights, but it retains the Ground Control coilovers and LMs. It has had lots of less exciting but still important maintenance since then too. I think the price is fair.

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