Now available for auction is this 1999 BMW E36/7 M Roadster finished in Imola Red over a black and Imola Red Nappa leather interior. Introduced in 1998, the M Roadster was the high-performance version of the Z3 featuring the 3.2L S52 6-cylinder engine from the M3, unique styling, and a special M-tuned suspension. Sporting a very rare color combination, this 5-speed 1999 example has been upgraded with a Ground Control coilover suspension and recently serviced with a major subframe upgrade and new brakes. Showing approximately 84k miles on the odometer, this 1999 example is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Texas.
This M Roadster is finished in Imola Red (405) with a black convertible soft top. Some minor stone chips are noted on the front hood and detailed images are provided in the photo gallery along with a clean CARFAX report. The M Roadster is based on the wide six-cylinder Z3 roadster body and features a more aggressive front fascia with brake cooling ducts in place of fog lights as well as unique side vents with M logos, aerodynamic wing mirrors, and a rear valance with quad exhaust tips. This example rides on factory forged Chromeline Style 40 wheels dressed in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires dated from 2016.
The cockpit features power-adjustable and heated sport seats which are upholstered in black Nappa leather with Imola Red accents along with the door panels, dashboard, and center console. Factory amenities include air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows, door locks, and mirrors. Model-specific “M Roadster” door sills line the entrances to the cabin. A two-tone M-Sport perforated leather steering wheel sits ahead of VDO instrumentation including a 160 MPH “M-Roadster” speedometer and an 8k-RPM tachometer, as well as gauges for fuel level and coolant temperature. Chrome-trimmed auxiliary gauges in the center stack show battery voltage and oil pressure, along with an analog clock. The seller has replaced the original BMW radio with a Clarion aftermarket Bluetooth-enabled head unit. All gauges and accessories are said to be working properly.
This E36/7 M Roadster is powered by a 3.2L inline-six engine derived from E36 M3, which was factory rated at 240 HP and 236 lb.-ft of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 5-speed ZF manual transmission and factory limited-slip differential. The seller states that the rear subframe was professionally upgraded by Vorschlag Motorsports and reports that the brakes were just recently replaced at 77k miles. A Mason Engineering front strut brace has been added and a Ground Control full coilover suspension has also been installed at a cost of over $1,800. This M Roadster is reported to be up to date on all routine maintenance, and some service records are said to accompany the sale.
This sale will include a set of two keys and remote fobs, original owner's manuals, a toolkit, air compressor, and a clean title. Increasingly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, the M Roadster has become a true modern classic. Do not miss your chance to own this well-presented 1999 example in Imola Red.