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SOLD on or around March 10, 2018

27,030 miles

Sale Price Unknown
2002 BMW M Coupe in Alpine White 3 over Black Nappa
  • Exterior Color Alpine White 3
  • Interior Color Black Nappa
  • Engine S54
  • Other Attributes Sunroof-Delete

Seller Description

The seller of this coupe is the President of the Vintage BMW CCA who purchased it from the original owner. He asked if I'd help him find a new home for it, and I was more than happy to agree since it's an amazing coupe.

In my opinion, I think this could be one of the most desirable coupes out there over the long term. There are only 21 alpine white over black S54s (compared to 41 laguna seca blue and 21 phoenix yellows). It’s not as flashy or love-hate, so it will always have universal appeal. Being the one and only sunroof-delete of those S54s will guarantee it's long term value. Plus I've always thought there was just something special about the looks of alpine white coupes without sunroofs.

I've been fortunate enough to see this coupe in person several times. It's easily in 4+ star condition. There's no wear but just a little wrinkling on the driver seat bolster. The driver-side bumper light has a small chip in it, which is easy to replace. It has a nice clear bra that shows no yellowing, which would be very obvious against the white paint. I did not see any cracks or scuffs on any of the interior panels. The glove box had not been reinforced. It does not really sag at all, but I wouldn't call it high and tight either. It even still has the little spacers the factory workers used to align the rear bumper. I've only seen those on 1 or 2 other coupes.

Mechanically, no expense has been spared. Case in point, this coupe was shipped to Germany last summer so that it could attend the BMW 100 year anniversary celebrations. On the way home, the engine started making a knocking noise. Once back in Colorado, BMW of Denver Downtown (formerly Murray Motors) diagnosed a dreaded spun connecting rod bearing. If you've been shopping for a coupe long, I'm sure you are aware that BMW recalled the S54s in the E46 M3s but not the S54s in the Z3Ms due to their lower redline. The original rod bearings were probably bad all along, but this coupe was driven so gently for so few miles, that they never had an opportunity to cause an issue. Rather than just having the problem fixed. the owner decided instead to have BMW ship a brand new S54 engine from Germany and had BMW of Denver Downtown install it. This low mileage coupe now has an even lower mileage engine and best of all, it comes with a full 2-year warranty from BMW (and the new/improved set of rod bearings).

I had a chance to inspect it on my lift, and everything looked as clean as expected (photos available on request). The diff mount looked great and the subfloor showed no signs of separation. The only minor modifications I spotted were stainless steel brake lines and K-Mac front camber plates. Everything else in completely stock.

Special coupes like this do not come along very often. Don't kick yourself for missing out on this one. Contact me at, and I will put you in touch with the seller.


Boulder, CO

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Posted: 3/10/2018 12:15:59 AM by Jon Martin

Sale pending!

Posted: 6/2/2017 7:51:49 AM by Jon Martin

Price reduced to $64,990 from $67,368

Posted: 5/20/2017 11:05:40 PM by Jon Martin

If I was going to start an M Coupe Museum, this is one I'd want to snag. Someday...

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