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Pre-Production: 1998 BMW M Roadster with 41,000 Miles

A few weeks ago I went on a rant regarding production numbers, and while I thought I was going to be chastised by the masses the reaction was rather surprising – it seems I’m not the only one ticked off by the over-use of “rare”, “limited”, and “1 of X produced”. I have to admit, I think I’m even guilty of it; there are many uncommon cars that we write up that we often refer to as “rare” when the reality is that the company just didn’t sell many. Perhaps it was a bad choice of colors, or bad market conditions, or any number of factors combining into low sales numbers, but not often were these cars limited to only a few examples. Does that make them less or more desirable? Well, that depends a lot on the customer I guess; to me, I really like having something that everyone else doesn’t have. Phoenix Yellow is a great example of this; a polarizing color that I love on the E46 M3 but many hate. So what we have here today is a claimed 1 of 1 that’s just cannon fodder, right? Well, not today – this is a legitimately neat car; a pre-production M Roadster in a ultra-rare color combination of Evergreen and Kyalami:

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Year: 1998
Model: M Roadster
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 41,260 mi
Price: $22,800 Buy It Now

Vehicle Overview
This is a rare chance to own a piece of history. This car is a spectacular pre production BMW M Roadster. Notice the vin number ending in 001. It is said that it was used for the show circuit. It has a one of a kind Black and Kyalami Orange interior. The paint is a special order Evergreen as well. This car is hot!!! It has only 41,260 collector miles on it. This car runs as new. It has heated power seats and a power top. Factory CD changer. This car will not last!! Please read my feedback and call Jay 201 232 4040

What’s nice is the BMW paperwork backing the claim; this car was delivered in Munich to the main BMW facility and is noted for being pre-production. I personally love the Evergreen paint job on the car; the Kyalami leather, on the other hand, I think I’d have to see in person. In the photos it looks pretty out of place – perhaps a better fit with Laguna Seca Blue or Estoril, if not the more mainstream black and silver. But it’s kind of cool that it was done period, and certainly grabs attention. If the point of these cars is to be all shouty, this one is extra shouty – it goes to “11”. For some people I’m certain that’s a turn off; but with a documented history, low miles and top condition, this is a cool piece of M-car history. It better be, too – to justify that premium over the normal M Roadsters anyway. Part of that is the lower miles and condition, and part is the exclusivity. I’d wager about 96% or more of even BMW enthusiasts would pass; but for those who must have what no one else ordered…here’s your summer ride.