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Phoenix Rising: 2001 BMW M Roadster

Let’s pretend for a second that you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years. Welcome back! Donald Trump is President of the United States, the Cubbies won the World Series and Kanye West has alienated the 50% of America that you wouldn’t have expected him to. A Castro is no longer in charge in Cuba, Facebook sells your information to make money and if Bill Cosby offers you a Jello pudding pop, I’d be suspicious.

While we’re on recent trends, have you checked out the pricing on Z3 Ms lately?

What used to be the cheapest foray into one of the most polarizing designs offered by BMW in modern times has become a cult classic and increasingly expensive, especially in Coupe form. But select the right options on a Roadster, and the price will still shock you. Take today’s, for example. Produced in August 2001, it’s a later example and that means something special is under the hood. That’s right, it’s a S54 cranking out 321 horsepower. Only ~1,600 were produced with that motor for North America, so that makes it pretty special. More special is the color; in total, only 39 E36/7 M Roadsters were specified in Phoenix Yellow Metallic. This is one of fourteen PYM/Black Nappa produced for 2001. As if that wasn’t outstanding enough, this particular M Roadster has turned only 19,760 miles since new. Guesses on the price?

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Year: 2001
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 19,760 mi
Price: $38,895 Buy It Now

Excellent condition
Low mileage
Paint is immaculate
Extremely rare color

$40,000 is certainly top dollar for a M Roadster these days, and that money will get you into much newer and quicker convertibles and ones that are better to drive. Worse, the presentation here isn’t very good. The photos are blurry and incomplete and there’s no indication of any maintenance or really any detail at all of this car. It does appear to be all original and generally in excellent shape, but specific detail is lacking. When I bought my M3, I similarly bought from a seller who posted very little about the car – but the photos were immaculate and accurate. Beyond that, it was priced more reasonably. The much more desirable M Coupe isn’t that far out of reach at $40,000; in fact, Enthusiast Auto has a Phoenix Yellow example for only $10,000 more. Okay, $10,000 is a LOT of money. But when you’re talking collectable cars, it’s not really – and though this low mileage M Roadster is impressive in its rarity, I think the Coupe would be a better buy.



  1. Cdnpaul
    Cdnpaul May 13, 2018

    There’s a long list of cars I’d rather pay $40K for than this one.

  2. MR K
    MR K May 13, 2018

    These always reminded me of Joe Camel’s snout….The coupe made me think of a clown shoe. I kinda liked the coupe, but I was never a Z3 convertible fan.

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