1998 BMW Z3M Roadster

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  • Reasonable mileage of 42,000 miles
  • Thousands recently spent on re-commissioning work
  • MOT valid till December 2024 with no advisories
  • Comprehensive service history and meticulous maintenance
  • Original S50 engine car

The Appeal

When the word ‘skunkworks’ is attached to a car, you know you’re in for an automotive delicacy. It usually means an engineering passion project too unorthodox for mainstream backing. And that’s the case with the BMW Z3 M - it’s an unbridled, rewarding and rare sports car that delivers an unforgettable drive.

Developed in secret by BMW’s M division – because the BMW higher-ups didn’t crave such a car – the Z3 M was eventually given the green light and introduced as a roadster in 1997. By 2002, 15,322 had been built.

Over the last few years, this excellent 1998 example has only been occasionally brought out for use meaning it only covered a few hundred miles between MOTs for the last 6 or so years. In recent months the car has undergone recommissioning to bring back that sharp edge after its slumber, and we're informed that it's now running as well as ever it has.

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History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1998
  • In current ownership for 15 years
  • MOT valid till December 2024 with no advisories
  • Comprehensive service history with 11 services on record
  • Recent re-commissioning work totalling around £6,000
  • Private registration included

The Condition

  • Artic Silver paintwork with a two-tone red and black leather
  • Bodywork presents well with no notable defects
  • Paintwork looks in very good order
  • Recent Michelin tyres all round
  • Wheels have just been stripped and powder-coated
  • Underside and arches appear clear of corrosion
  • Leather interior appears in fine order throughout
  • Stitched leather centre console, heated seats and aircon
  • Retro-style Continental radio with orange backlight to match the dashboard and ties in nicely
  • It has Aux and Bluetooth functions
  • No sign of any rips or tears
  • Convertible roof plastic window starting to haze and fabric starting to wear
  • Comes with car cover
  • Garage stored for the last 15 years

The Mechanics

  •  3.2L S54 I6 engine
  • Manual transmission with 5 gears
  • Just been fully serviced including spark plugs
  • Lambda sensor replaced
  • ABS sensor recently replaced
  • NSF brake calliper replaced
  • Expansion tank replaced and coolant flush
  • Viscous fan clutch assembly replaced
  • Fuel filter replaced
  • Antiroll bar links both front
  • Clutch flexi pipe and connector to slave cylinder
  • Clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder replaced
  • Prop shaft coupling
  • Drain and fill gearbox oil
  • NSR brake pipe replaced
  • Brake fluid change
  • Both rear springs replaced
  • Rear discs and pads
  • Handbrake adjusted and lubricated
  • Rocker cover gasket replaced
  • Rear diff oil replaced
  • We understand the car to be in fine working order
  • We've no reports of any mechanical issues throughout

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Auction Details
  • Year 1998
  • Make BMW
  • Model Z3M
  • Colour Silver
  • Mileage 42,000 Miles
  • Engine size 3200
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Braintree
  • County Essex
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
30 Bids
  • pe•••• £17,250 10/07/24
  • Me•••• £17,000 10/07/24
  • pe•••• £16,750 10/07/24
  • sm•••• £16,500 10/07/24
  • pe•••• £16,250 10/07/24
  • be•••• £16,000 10/07/24
  • pe•••• £15,750 10/07/24
  • sm•••• £15,500 10/07/24
  • be•••• £15,000 10/07/24
  • pe•••• £14,250 10/07/24

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