2000 BMW Z8 with 4,602 Miles

It boggles my mind that the Z8 design is now 24 years old. First penned in 1995 and shown at the Japanese Motorshow in 1997, the Z8 looked outrageous and the recipe sounded perfect with internals were borrowed from the E39 M5. That meant the S62 quad-cam double-VANOS 4.9 liter V8 cranking out 394 horsepower and routed exclusively through a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission driving only the back wheels. Coupled with Henrik Fisker’s sumptuous lines, the Z8 managed to both channel the history of BMW’s landmark 507 and be a cutting-edge design at the same time. It was the halo car that helped to lead BMW into a new Millennium. Sold for sometimes upwards of $160,000 they were instantly collector fodder, but these cars also caught headlines almost immediately due to problems with their aluminum space frames deforming in the shock tower area.

Between collectability, the up-front expense and fear of destroying the chassis, a fair amount of these cars appear today with very low mileage. So why look at this one? Well, it is well below average mileage, but mainly – the color. Only 5,703 Z8s were produced, putting it roughly on level footing with the E24 M6 in terms of scarcity. Worldwide only 325 were selected in Topaz Blue Metallic, and of those this is one of the 131 produced for the 2000 model year and only 30 sent to the U.S., 21 of which had the Crema interior of today’s example:

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2011 BMW 1M

Few cars in recent BMW history have generated as much buzz and excitement as the 1M did upon it’s launch. Journalists gushed over the great performance, the return to a smaller and less complicated package, and how this car was spiritual successor to the E30 M3. That was heady praise, and by all accounts, this car deserved it. Dropping the big brother 3.0 twin-turbocharged inline-6 into the smallest chassis available meant this was sure to be a performance machine, and while the price was high for a 1 series, overall pricing on the model wasn’t terrible. While many fans (including myself) started counting their pennies, it was all for naught; BMW only imported a limited run which quickly sold out. This created a premium for these performance specials, pushing second hand/dealer holdout pricing quickly towards and even above M3 levels. Many of the total 6000 plus that were produced have been squirreled away, awaiting their certain appreciation by speculators; and with only 740 reported to be imported to the U.S., this is certainly guaranteed to be the case. When they do come up for sale, it’s a bit of an event, so it’s neat to see a clean Alpine White 1M for sale today on Ebay:

Year: 2011
Model: 1M
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,455 mi
Price: $58,900 Buy It Now

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378 Horsepower 414 lb-ft of torque with Dinan Stage 2 Kit!

Locally owned car with clean Carfax.

The 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe seats four passengers and is available in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, high-performance tires, automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors and windshield washer jets, cruise control, automatic wipers, automatic dual-zone climate control, 10-way manual sport seats with power-adjustable bolsters, a tilt-and-telescoping M sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, Alcantara faux-suede interior trim and a premium sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and HD radio.

The Premium package adds auto-dimming mirrors, eight-way power front seats (with power-adjustable lumbar support, driver memory functions and manual thigh adjuster), interior ambience lighting, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB audio interface (the latter two items are available separately). The Convenience package gets you rear parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system and the iDrive electronics interface. Stand-alone options include heated front seats, advanced iPhone connectivity, satellite radio and a 10-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
Powertrain and Performance

The BMW 1 M Coupe is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 that produces 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. A temporary overboost function allows for 369 lb-ft at full throttle. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission.

Navigation System, Convenience Package (Anti-Theft Alarm System, Comfort Access Keyless Entry, and Online Information Services), Premium Package (Auto-Dimming Mirrors, Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror, BMW Assist w/Bluetooth®, iPod/USB Adapter, and Lumbar Support), BMW Apps, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, Heated Front Seats, Park Distance Control (Rear), Smartphone Integration, and Xenon Headlights. Confused about which vehicle to buy? Well look no further than this wonderful 2011 BMW 1 Series M. This fantastic 1 Series M is the car with everything you’d expect from BMW, and THEN some. Call for more details.

With only one previous owner, this automobile is ready for you.This is a smoke-free automobile.There is no damage evident on this vehicle.This is a garage kept vehicle.The engine on this vehicle is running properly.This vehicle has no known defects.The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean.Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse.The tires on this vehicle appear to have no wear at all.The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate.There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle.There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle.This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission.All power equipment is functioning properly.

Like some of the other tuned cars we’ve featured, I’m not sure that the Dinan mods will add anything to the value of this car. They may make driving a bit more entertaining but were I speculating on keeping this car long term with the anticipation of increase in value, I’d probably revert back to the stock configuration. Many of these cars were modified pretty quickly to make them even more of a hot rod, so it’s not surprising to see both the Dinan upgrades. As with other Dinan upgrades, these should be factory supported so if you wanted to leave them I doubt it would present an immediate problem. To me, the only issue with this car is the mirrors which appear to be painted the signature color for this car, Valencia Orange. I have to lump myself firmly in the “I don’t get it” camp on this one but it should be an easy enough fix. Otherwise, the car looks pretty much unfettered by issues and mostly new as it should given the lower miles and collector status.

My guess is that there are plenty of enthusiasts that are sitting around kicking themselves for not buying these when they were brand new, though many dealers tacked on their own surplus to the original $50,000 MSRP. At $59,000, this car is no bargain, but seems to be in line with the asking price for these cars. The 1M is the only E82 that I see that I think “Yeah, that looks right!” but for that price there are a lot of other cars I’d rather have. Keep the miles low and the condition pristine, and you could have an investment-grade car on your hands. To me, that’s a shame because the joy in these cars – much as with their E30 M3 great grandfathers – is driving them, not hoping that they’ll be worth more money some day.

-Carter

Time Capsule 1987 BMW M6 for sale

I mentioned the other day that I was more interested in writing about reachable German iron than “relative-creampuffs,” but there’s nothing relative about today’s M6 and I just couldn’t pass it up. With just 18k miles on the clock and near-perfect inside and out, this is a collector’s piece and is priced as such. The buy-it-now is $25k, about $10-15k more than a normal, decent M6.

From the seller:

Here we have a 1987 BMW M6 with 17805 original miles. The car has a clean white leather interior, and a solid black exterior. The has been garage kept since it was new. The car has been well taken care of, and adult driven. The vehicle has not been smoked in. The M6 drives like a new car and handles awesome. The car needs a new home for someone that can appreciate it. The only known flaw to my attention is that the a/c is not blowing as cold as it should, possibly needs a service done. The car has a BMW radar detector installed in the dash. There is one small door ding on the passenger rear quarter and a small scratch on the passenger front fender. The vehicles tires are in good condition and there is a new matching tire in the trunk.

There aren’t too many used M-cars out there with under 20k miles, let alone ones of 80s vintage, including the ultimate shark E24 M6. This is a great opportunity out there for someone with a big garage and a penchant for unsoiled M.

-NR