Motorsport Monday: 2007 BMW M Coupe

The E86 Z4 was a fairly radical departure from the E36/8 that it replaced. In many ways, the Z3 was born out of a series of spare parts and in some ways almost seemed an afterthought. It wasn’t as innovated as the Z1 and while the original M Coupe has become a fan favorite, the Z3 just overall seemed the odd-man out in the BMW lineup. On top of that, the design just overall hasn’t aged particularly well in my mind. But in 2002, the redesigned Anders Warming penned E85 Z4 roadster launched. It was bigger in every dimension, with cutting edge new styling that managed to incorporate both round and angular designs into one fluid package that somehow worked well. Over a decade on, it still looks quite new to me – one of the best tests of the staying power of a design. Also one of the best tests is that it was somewhat controversial at the time, but by 2006 and the launch of the M models most critics were convinced that it was a nice package. The addition of the stellar S54 powertrain certainly didn’t hurt, and with just 1,800 examples of the new Coupe design in the U.S., it was guaranteed classic status. But that hasn’t stopped some from converting the coveted Coupes into race cars, such as this Fall-Line Motorsports built wide body:

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2007 BMW M Coupe

The current BMW market is quite interesting. The three posts I did on BMWs yesterday really drew that into sharp contrast for me; first, the E34 M5 Double Take underscored a more simple time at BMW with classic designs and classic motors. Then the “New Blue” BMW roundup outlined what’s currently available – progress happens, but it’s apparent that BMW’s current market has diverged substantially from the blueprint of the 1980s and 1990s success. But capitalizing on that 1980s legend are perhaps some undeserving cars, as the E30 M3 fail from yesterday proved. Where is an enthusiast to look, then? Well, you could argue you don’t have to look back very far to get a great, classic piece that follows in the footsteps of some of BMW’s great designs, but still with a modern twist. The Z4 M Coupe is a great example of this – a slick design, rear drive only, a 6-speed manual transmission and the last of the great normally aspirated inline-6s, the S54, hiding under the long hood:

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2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

Like a lot BMW fans, the styling language implemented across the range has left me with mixed feelings. I try and temper myself and keep receptive to new design, but more often than not, what I’ve seen on the showroom floor over the last decade has left me yearning for the classics. In the case of the BMW Z4 M Coupe, however, BMW hit the nail on the head. While the Z4 Roadster was a little bit awkward, the fastback lines and beefed up haunches of the M Coupe looked sharp. This black Z4 M Coupe for sale in Maryland may be of the new school, but its mission is that of speed and power.

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Show you’re Z Man: 2000 Z3 M Roadster and 2006 Z4 M Coupe

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Last week I speculated in my Z Coupe post that we were seeing a good opportunity to get into some of the rarest BMWs offered on these shores, the Z coupes. While those two Z coupes were the non-M version and both were trick in their own way, it seems most of you prefer to see the M versions. I get it; they’re fast, flashy and fun, so today I cooked up an interesting comparison again between the E36/7 and E36/8s – this time a Z4 M coupe against a Z3 M roadster. Let’s start with the brilliant looking Imola Red coupe:

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Year: 2006
Model: Z4 M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 18,912 mi
Price: $33,500 Buy It Now

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If you are looking for the rare E86 M Coupe then you already know that it is regarded by BMW Enthusiasts as the last true Ultimate Driving Machine before BMWs became too electronic and took the fun out of driving with adjustable suspensions, turbochargers, automated transmissions and buttons to adjust the steering, exhaust note and everything else. Here’s a quick background so you know how much I truly love these cars. I was an intern for AutoWeek magazine in college when this car had its press introduction in the US. One of our editors drove one back to Detroit and I took it out for gas and a car wash. I immediately fell in love with the classic long hood, short deck proportions, the unbelievably responsive drivetrain, the seats that felt like they were custom made for me and the thickest little steering wheel I had ever set hands on. I vowed to myself to buy one when I could afford it. So in late 2008 I started conducting a nationwide search almost nightly (with only about 1,800 built in ’06-’08, you have to look nationwide for these cars) looking for a low mileage car with carbon leather trim, heated seats, the premium package and the VERY RARE extended leather package. I finally found an Imola Red M that fit all the options, it was a one owner just traded in at Asheville BMW in Asheville, NC and only had 7,500 miles on it and BMW had certified it as a pre-owned car and extended the warranty. Not surprisingly, I bought it the next day and it has been my pride and joy since. It is stored in mid November and comes out around the first of May. In the 4.5 years I’ve owned it I have put about 2,500 miles on it each year and it sits covered in my garage otherwise. The ONLY reason I’m selling it is because I’m getting married in July and will be buying a house soon. As you can see in the pictures the car is complete with 2 factory keys, all the books/manuals/DVD/original window sticker in the leather BMW binder. I have only had it at the BMW dealer once to replace the driver’s seat belt that was not retracting well and they serviced it under BMW’s free maintenance plan. The computer is not calling for the next service for another 9,500 miles. I replaced the battery in 2012. Since I drive the car so easily the OE Continental tires still have good tread left on them. The only thing I can think of that should be done in the next year is to have the front brake rotors resurfaced.

Factory Options included:
$1,800 – Extended leather option (covers center console, doors and sun visors in leather and make the interior look and fell much more premium. This option is VERY RARE.)
$2,500 Premium Package (best part of this package is the 10-speaker Hi-Fi stereo that sounds amazing)
Carbon Leather Interior trim (very neat looking leather finish around the center console and on the dash facing)
$500 Heated seats
$1,800 DVD Nav system with flip up screen

I’ve also included a picture showing the most significant rock chip located on the passenger side rear wheel flare. This wheel is also the only wheel with any curb rash and it is very minor. Trust me, I’m not happy that it’s there either. I could try to get a picture of it and email it to you if you are concerned. There are a few very light scratches here and there but they did not photograph even well enough to see and the car has been detailed regularly.

If you’re looking for a sports car that is a joy to drive and own, don’t buy a Corvette. Buy something rare like this that you won’t see in your neighborhood. In fact, I’ve only EVER seen one other M Coupe in Michigan. Remember, only 380 were built in 2006. The seats are amazing, the highly tuned straight six engine just builds power toward the 8,000 rpm redline, the 6-speed manual is a joy and the comfort features and great stereo make any trip a delight. Feel free to contact me with any questions. As you can tell I love to talk about these cars.

Note: Most of these pictures are from 2009 shortly after I bought the car but you’d never know I didn’t take them yesterday. Car is certainly one of the cleanest low mileage M Coupes left that is still Factory Stock in every way. Car may accumulate more miles if Michigan blesses me with some beautiful Fall days!

Just about everything about this car is perfect to me. I guess if pushed, I’d prefer Techno Violet as the color, but otherwise, it’s spot on. I had a student at a BMW Driver’s Education with a Techno Violet Z4 M Coupe and was totally floored by the out-of-the-box performance. It drove like a race car – and at race car speeds – but had the comfort of a streetable coupe. As a complete package, this car compares very favorably to late model 911s but at effectively half the price of most. To some, though, these small coupe interiors can be a bit claustrophobic. Why not drop the top then and look into that bright blue sky in this Evergreen Z3 M Roadster:

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Year: 2000
Model: Z3 M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 52.949 mi
Price: $17,800 Buy It Now

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This is indeed a pretty rare color combination and probably should be the signature color for this car. It’s a neat shade and seems to suit the shape well, with a flashy but still appropriate degree of aggressiveness. I’m not such a huge fan of the matching leather, but if you’re going all in, why not. At about half the price of the M Coupe this car offers plenty of thrills, a spectacular soundtrack out the back, and miles of open sky above you. It’s not a race car but again compared to what you’d get in a 911 or Boxster convertible, this car compares reasonably favorably and stands out from the crowd a bit more – at least around me, Boxster and 911 convertibles are a dime a dozen; there aren’t too many days that I don’t see them, but M Roadsters and M Coupes are very rare sights indeed.

If it were my money I’d have to go with the Z4 coupe. I know it’s twice the price, but I was so surprised by how that package drove and felt, even years later it sticks in my mind. It’s hard to say you’d go wrong with either, though; drive them lightly and they’re not likely to lose much if any value over the next few years. Which one would you have?

-Carter

Future Collectables? 1999 Z3 2.8 Coupe and 2008 Z4 3.0si Coupe

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Recently, Rob wrote up a pristine and well priced Z3 M Coupe and hinted that this will be a future collectable. I have to agree; they’re rare cars to see, they had a neat design, great driving characteristics and the limited production numbers guaranteed exclusivity. Like Rob, I remember well my first drive in one of these Z Coupes; it was a Imola Red Z3 M Coupe and the BMW rep said to me “I just ate my lunch, so don’t go crazy, okay?” It was a fun rocket ship in a clever package that looked like it wanted to beat you up. Great, so go grab one and wait for it to appreciate, right? Well, not so fast; while the M versions of both the Z3 and Z4 were quite desirable, there is a slightly less traveled road to take if you care to speculate. Welcome, then, to the quite rare non-M versions of both the Z coupes; today we’re looking at a Z4 3.0si Coupe and a Z3 2.8 Coupe. Let’s start with the Z4:

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Year: 2008
Model: Z4 3.0si Coupe
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,000 mi
Price: $26,900 Buy It Now

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The 2008 BMW Z4 roadster comes in three models (3.0i, 3.0si, and M), and coupes come in two trims (3.0si and M). Each trim brings different engines underhood. The 3.0i is powered by a 215-horsepower, 3.0L in-line six-cylinder engine, while the 3.0si gets a more powerful, 255-horsepower version of the 3.0L; both have Valvetronic variable valve lift. The top-of-the-range M includes a 330-horsepower, 3.2L six. All three models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with steering-wheel shift paddles is optional on the 3.0i and 3.0si.Roadsters have a fully automatic power folding soft top, with dual-layer material, an aluminum and magnesium frame for light weight, and a heated rear window.The Z4’s proportions, with a long hood and a rearward seating position, allow for an excellent weight distribution and good dynamics for high-performance driving. The 3.0i and 3.0si models have electric power steering, while the M has a hydraulic power steering system. Coupes get a special performance-optimized suspension calibration, and all Z4s come with run-flat tires.Inside, the Z4’s interior is rather tight, as can be expected from a small two-seater, but it is appointed with luxurious upholster and trim. The dash is trimmed in either wood or brushed aluminum; 3.0i models have faux-leather upholstery inside, while the 3.0si gets “High Performance” leather upholstery in one of four color schemes. The 3.0si also adds automatic climate control, and its top, THX-certified audio system has ten speakers, seven-band digital sound processing, and two subwoofers.M models get a number of high-performance improvements and appearance enhancements, including M Dynamic Driving Control, a system that allows the driver to change the characteristics of throttle response along with other variables. There’s also a semi-dry sump lubrication system, computer-controlled variable differential lock, a heavy duty clutch, a performance-oriented version of BMW’s dynamic stability control which includes dynamic brake control and cornering brake control, cross-drilled special-compound four-wheel disc brakes, and larger front and rear stabilizer bars. Inside, the M models also get Nappa leather seat trim with firmer side bolsters, automatic climate control, white-on-black gauges, a thicker steering wheel, and brushed aluminum trim.A Premium Package brings power sport seats with memory, auto-dimming mirrors, and Bluetooth, while a Sport Package includes Dynamic Driving Control (similar to that in the M), a sportier suspension, and larger 18-inch wheels. Standalone options include a headlight cleaning system, extended leather upholstery, a navigation system, M sport seats, and heated seats.

This is a one of a kind BMW Z4 coupe. There were only a few hundred BMW Z4 coupes imported to the US in 2008, and there are no known to be equipped with this color combination and this array of options.

I purchased this vehicle when it had 1600 miles. It was previously a demo vehicle for BMW corporate. For its life I have meticulously maintained this vehicle. It is not a primary driver in my car collection and typically has been driven only on warm sunny days at a vacation home in Maine. It has never seen snow and has only been rarely caught in the rain. Four new tires were placed at 30,000 miles. The rims were professionally refinished at this time as well to relieve minor scuffs. A full service oil change was conducted in August 2013. The exterior is in generally good condition. There are some minor paint imperfections due to road spray which is consistent with a car of this age and mileage. The leather interior is also in good condition with only minor wear consistent with mileage. There is no history of any accidents. I fully own the vehicle and possess a clean title.

I will provide 2 sets of keys, the original BMW Z4 manual in its leather case, and copy of the original window sticker. The buyer is responsible for shipping.

The first thing that stood out to me on this car were the wheels, and they grabbed my attention because I had never seen them, anywhere. Not only that, no one at GCFSB had seen them before. Personally, I love them! Top that off with a great looking and classic color combination and this is one seriously slick package. It seems like the owner has been very good to the car and is an enthusiast, providing some great information about the car. With low but not museum-low mileage, this offers a great opportunity to get into a seriously rare BMW. I’ve seen many more M coupes than I have non-M, something that I think could be said for most individuals. Driving this Z4 will let you fly under the radar without the M flashiness but still have a very rare and exclusive car. But perhaps if the fluid looks of the Z4 aren’t quite for you, you’d prefer an equally rare bit of BMW history – a Z3 2.8 coupe:

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Year: 1999
Model: Z4 2.8 Coupe
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 87,300 mi
Price: $17,500 Buy It Now

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West Coast Classics are proud to present an absolutely exceptional example of this original southern California owner 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L 6 cylinder Coupe with 5 speed manual transmission, 2.8 liter DOHC 24 valve 6 cylinder engine with variable valve timing and with 87K original miles!

The BMW Z3 2.8 and M Coupes are highly desirable and collectible cars from the ultimate driving machine! Cutting edge performers in the revered tradition of the original GT ‘Gran Turismo’ sports cars. Right out of the gate the M Coupe attained ‘Car & Driver’s’ “10 Best Cars Status” and ‘Automobile Magazine’ named it as both “Best Sports Car of the Year” and “Design of the Year” in the year 1999! With potent engines and unparalleled responsiveness both the M & Z3 2.8 Coupes delivered both head-turning looks and supreme driving pleasure. The original Z3 roadster was introduced in 1995 with the prototype featuring in the James Bond movie of that year but the rarer Coupe version with a chassis stiffening rear hatchback was introduced to much acclaim in 1999 with the Z3 Coupes only available with the largest 6 cylinder engine offered, the 2.8L in 1999 and 2000 and the 3.0L in 2001. The 2.8L straight six was primed to deliver true GT performance with 193HP which pumped out 0-60 in just 6.2 seconds! It was replaced in 2002 with the BMW Z4.

Purchased and primarily always serviced by original and only southern California owner at ‘Terry York’s Valencia BMW’ of Valencia, California with all original dealer manuals and handbooks and copy of original window sticker and dealers brochure available! Finished in the beautiful color combination of ‘Bright Red’ exterior paint with an upgraded factory interior of Black Extended Leather interior with Aluminum Trim!

Standard Options include:

2.8L 6 cylinder Engine
5 Speed manual transmission
4 Wheel Anti Lock Disc Brakes, vented front
All Season Traction which controls wheelspin and enhances stability in low traction situations
Power Steering with engine speed sensitive assist
Driver & Passenger front & side airbags with differential deployment
Automatic seatbelt tensioners
BMW coded driveway protection – vehicle will not start without BMW coded owner keys
Cruise Control
Halogen Free Form Low Beam Headlights & Foglights
Non CFC Air Conditioning
Anti-theft AM/FM stereo cassette radio
Harman-Kardon Premium Sound System with 10 speakers & High Performance Multi Channel Amplifier
Central Locking System
Power Windows with one touch function
Electrically Adjustable Leather Sports Seats with matching door trim inserts
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob
LCD Digital Clock

Additional Factory options include:

Convenience package:

Black Leather Extended Trim with trim glowing to the instrument panel areas, console sides, handbrake boot and upper door ledges for truly all encompassing luxury ($1,200)
17″ Radial Style Alloy Wheels ($1,125)
Aluminum Interior Trim Package with striking center note to console, steering wheel spokes, inside door handle surrounds, shift knob and instrument cluster ($150)
Power Glass Moonroof ($300)
Heated Front Seats ($500)
Luggage Net to keep cargo safely away from passenger compartment ($180)
On-Board Computer with range to empty, average speed, outside temperature, etc ($300)

Total Original Sales Price over $40K.

Recently purchased from original southern California owner with a clean CARFAX report with no history of any accidents! An obviously always babied and pampered example if there ever was one! The original factory ‘Bright Red’ color paint is in absolutely beautiful condition and the gorgeous extended Black Leather interior with Aluminum trim is also in beautiful condition with virtually no signs of any wear and all the options are working as they should including the ice-cold A/C!

The car drives exactly like such a well maintained and babied low mileage model should and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated! The engine is extremely strong and as new with no oil leaks, the 5 speed manual transmission has a very smooth transmission through all the gears and the temperature always remains cool!

You will surely look long and hard to find a finer example of this original southern California owner rare 1999 BMW Z3 2.8L 5 spd Coupe for the ultimate BMW driving experience available anywhere else!

For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours

While I’m not a fan of the red/black combination of this particular example, there is no denying that this is a great looking car that is certainly unique. Similar to the Z4, I often see Z3 M Coupes but rarely see the non-M version. Loose the window tint and I really think this car would look a little more subdued. It is a great affordable package to have fun in, and if you don’t rack up a ton of miles I think this car will retain value.

Keep these cars in their stock configuration, drive them on weekends and special events, and I really think they’re not likely to cost you much money in the long run. Running costs of the non-Ms is a bit lower than the M models, and while neither will blow your socks off leaving the line, they’re not exactly slow, either. The future owners of these pieces of BMW history will be enjoying a truly rare site, and I really think in another 10-15 years these will be highly valued; it wouldn’t surprise me to see clean examples keep up with M values given their rarity. If it were my money, I’d pick up the Z4; I love the Z3s but something about that Z4 package really ticks the right boxes for me!

Which one would you have?

-Carter

2007 Z4 M Coupe

With all of the praise being heaped on the E36/8 M Coupe recently, its successor has gotten lost a bit in the shuffle. The Z4 M Coupe is just as capable of a tool, however, even if its looks are a bit more funky than its already individualistic predecessor. This Z4 M Coupe for sale in California looks like it’s ready to be cast in an action thriller, with a mean stance accentuated by its black paintwork and titanium colored wheels.

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Year: 2007
Model: Z4 M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 33,800 miles
Price: $38,600

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2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

Introduction Per Edmunds

For Hitchcock, dialing “M” meant murder. BMW has been known to dial M, as well. But in this case, any screaming you hear will be due to overloaded tires or passengers with wild eyes and death grips on the door handles.

As most automotive enthusiasts know, the letter M refers to BMW’s subsidiary motorsport division. Through it, select BMW models are modified into serious performance machines and given distinct nomenclature. Though it has no number associated with it (as with the M3 or M5), the 2007 BMW M is, in fact, based on the Z4 sports car. In daily lexicon, it’s usually referred to as the M Coupe, though some people also use “Z4M.”

The car’s high-revving 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine develops 330 horsepower and sends its power to the rear wheels through an exclusive six-speed manual transmission and a beefy limited-slip rear differential.

The M cars sport a wider front track, a stronger rear subframe, hydraulic power steering for better feel (the Z4’s is electric), 18-inch wheels and 225/45 front and 255/40 rear performance tires. The springs and dampers are sport-tuned, and the brakes are the same as those used for the old M3’s Competition package. Even the stability control system has been altered to be less intrusive.

Yet what’s really impressive about the 2007 BMW M Coupe and is that it goes beyond the numbers. Of course, it’s relatively lightweight (about a 3,200-pound base curb weight for the Coupe), has near-ideal weight distribution and can post blindingly quick acceleration times. But it also provide some of the best thrills you can get from a non-exotic sports car. Visceral and extreme, it bring out the driver’s inner hooligan. Every departure from a stoplight is an opportunity to hit 8,000 rpm, every corner a chance to hang the tail out wide.

Interior Design and Special Features

The cockpit features a pair of aggressively bolstered sport seats, a chubby M edition steering wheel and a Motorsport-spec tachometer with a variable redline that settles at 8,000 rpm when the oil is fully warmed up. The speedometer reads to 180 mph, but the car’s computer will cut you off at 155 mph. There’s no iDrive and the dash’s knobs and buttons are exactly where you’d like them to be.

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If I had to choose, I’d probably skip the Z4 M and go straight to an S54 engined E36/8 M Coupe. I much preferred the breadvan appearance over the more fastback styling of this car. However, I do like the color on this Z4 M, as it hides a bit of the fussy details in the styling. I certainly don’t think this is a bad looking car, but some of the surfaces are just way too overdone for my tastes. As is the case with a lot of ads we see, it would have been nice if the seller included some more information about this specific car rather than what was on the Edmunds website. The asking price for this car, considering its mileage, is a bit high. Most Z4 M Coupes can be had in the high $20,000 to low $30,000 range.

-Paul

2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe

The Z3-based BMW M Coupe is fast becoming the new E30 M3 with performance enthusiasts and folks longing for the simpler days at BMW. The car which succeeded it in 2006 hasn’t quite grabbed the attention of the discerning collector, as it was only sold for two years in more limited numbers than its predecessor: 1,815 units in all. The S54 3.2 liter inline six was back for another appearance, delivering 330 horsepower at a high-revving 7900 rpm.

This Z4 M Coupe for sale in Mississippi looks rather tame in light metallic gray, but rest assured, it packs a hefty punch.

Year: 2007
Model: Z4 M Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 45,404
Price: $24,567 starting bid – no reserve auction

2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe on eBay

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The “ZED” 4 M: Reviewed on more than one occasion by BBC’s Top Gear and many other televised enthusiasts. Playboy’s 2007 car of the year: a BMW Z4M Coupe. Boasts a 3.2 liter, 330-hp high-performance in-line six cylinder with a six-speed shifter.

From Engine Technology International, the S54 engine residing within its chassis won the International Engine of the Year award upon its introduction in 2001 as well as winning the 3.0 to 4.0 liter category for six consecutive years between 2001 and 2006.

Forbes mentions the 2007 Z4 M Coupe as a two-seater, it accelerates from zero to 60 in less than 4.9 seconds and boasts a 6-cylinder, 3.2-liter engine. Rounded fenders and flat rear glass add a touch of class that received Consumer Reports’ highest-possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities and a substantially better-than-average frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, according to the HLDI.

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The mid $20,000 range seems to be about where most of these Z4M coupes in decent shape are hovering, which is a little less expensive than some mint Z3 M Coupes we’ve seen here at GCFSB of late. Both Z3 and Z4 M Coupes have styling that is a bit polarizing, but I happen to like both cars, as they stay true to the basic formula yet are distinctive enough from each other. While the opening bid doesn’t leave a lot of room to go north, I’d suspect this car will sell. With limited production and a unique, no-nonesense performance formula, these Z4 M Coupes will more than likely be the next collectible BMW classic.

-Paul