One of the things I love the most about the Euro M cars is their colors. While the bulk of the US cars boiled down to just a few shades, in Europe you could really get some treats. Case in point is today’s Burgundy Red Metallic (199) ’85. This color was only available on pre-facelift European models (5511, 5531, and 5532) and sufficed to say is quite rare. It looks great, especially over the white interior and is accented by some flashy 17″ BBS Style 5s with throwback Motorsport-logo center caps:
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I give Audi a lot of credit for bringing the R8 to market. It took a fair amount of gall for a company best known for mid-range all-wheel drive luxury sedans to up and produce a supercar-beating mid-engine road car capable of being used year-round and every day. Itâ€™s a feat nearly without precedent. Of course, I said â€œnearlyâ€.
Thatâ€™s because BMW pulled off a similar trick the best part of thirty years before Audi did it. And arguably the development of what would become BMWâ€™s fledgling Motorsports division was even more impressive than what Ingolstadt pulled off. The M1 burst onto the scene at a time of economic austerity, global oil crises and came from a company who not only didnâ€™t have a history of producing such cars, but didnâ€™t have connections to others who did (unlike Audiâ€™s corporate Lamborghini partnership).
Speaking of Lamborghini, because of BMWâ€™s lack of expertise in supercar design it was the Santâ€™Agata firm that was employed to produce the M1. But because of Lamborghiniâ€™s lack of expertise at beingâ€¦well, a company capable of producing something on a schedule, BMW engineers had to first liberate the early molds from Italy and then find someone who could produce the car. Ultimately, it was a combination of ItalDesign in Turin, Marchesi metal working in Modena to build the frames, and Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart that stuck the M1 together. Though it doesnâ€™t exactly sound like a match made in heaven, and indeed the M1 was a relative sales flop, it has nonetheless grown to cult status as one of the most user-friendly supercars of the late 1970s:
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The last few range-topping M3/4s have been a bit of a miss, frankly. The F82 M4 GTS was cool, as was the E92 M3 GTS. But are they as legendary as the E46 M3 CSL or the original E9 CSLs? The jury is still out, but BMW’s perhaps weighed in with the definitive answer; they’ve re-introduced the CSL moniker. What does that get you?
BMW takes an M4 Competition Package and dials it up pretty much everywhere. Carbon-fiber seats replace the factory power units, and you’re only allowed to carry one other on the ride – the rear seats are removed. Soundproofing materials are removed, too. The hood is carbon-reinforced plastic, and titanium bits are utilized in the suspension and exhaust system. Coupled with standard carbon-ceramic brakes and lightweight wheels, the CSL tips the scales some 300 lbs. under the standard M4 – not insignificant.
That alone would make it faster, but BMW didn’t stop there. The engine programming was revised and boost pressure increased; heavy-duty mounts were utilized to keep the engine from breaking free as you catapult the 543-horsepower S58 towards the horizon. 0-60 is gone in 3.6 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 191 mph. But turning is what the CSL has always been about, and BMW M reworked the suspension tuning and added a huge brace in the engine bay, to boot. Also helping to keep it planted are numerous aerodynamic aides; a front splitter, hood vents, and an integrated ducktail spoiler – a la the E46.
There were only three colors available; Frozen Brooklyn Grey, Alpine White, or the Sapphire Black Metallic we see here. All have red exterior accents, yellow DRLs, and special interior accents. The price? Well, I hope you’re sitting down. The base M4 Comp rings in around 80k to start. The CSL? $140k. And they only made 1000 for the entire world, 300 of which are coming to the US market. As with all specials, you can imagine what this does to the current asking price…
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2023 BMW M4 CSL on eBay
The M Coupe has moved from cult legend into one of the most desirable M products produced. Late-production S54-equipped models have recently topped $100,000 at auction. Add in a rare color and great condition, and theyâ€™re all the more desirable. While not quite a 1:1, the M Coupe is like the Porsche 964 and has gone from being ugly duckling to the market darling, and the S54 models are the RS America of the lineup.
For most of us, that means if you want a â€˜Clownshoeâ€™ youâ€™ll need to look towards early production when they were equipped with the venerable S52. Thatâ€™s not necessarily a bad thing, as lower running costs and higher production numbers mean much lower asking prices. Take this Imola Red ’99, for example. First off, only 2,180 S52 M Coupes were sold here. Imola Red was one of the more common colors on the M Coupe, with 422 made. This one is one of 164 Imola/Black S52s made, and it’s got lower mileage. Let’s take a look:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 BMW M Coupe on eBay
From the G8x to the E36 seem like a vast gulf to you? Well, a similar gap in time takes us back to the roots of BMW’s small modern convertibles. From the diminutive Isetta grew the oddly-shaped 600, which then bore the 700 run. Available in 2-door sedan, Coupe, or rare cabriolet, the 700 developed some 30 horsepower from its .7 liter twin in the rear. The handsome Michelotti design signaled the direction for the new BMW designs, with (for the time) modern lines penned to the standard 3-box formula. A total of nearly 200,000 700s were produced, but just over 2,500 cabriolets were produced. This one is far from perfect, but still very cool to see: