Produced from 1998 through 2002, the E36/8 M Coupe remains among BMW’s lowest volume production models ever, in particular those equipped with the venerable S54 engine found in the E46 M3. A total of 678 U.S. specification S54-equipped M Coupes are believed to have been produced, featuring a 5-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Finished in Steel Grey Metallic, this example has been extensively mechanically serviced and restored. It is now being offered for auction by its seller out of New York showing approximately 116k miles on the odometer.
The M Coupe was designed with the goal of increasing the torsional and structural rigidity of the Z3 roadster's chassis, and as such, all body panels from the A-pillars forward are shared between the two models. Factory optioned with a Steel Grey Metallic (400) finish, this example is said to have been refinished under previous ownership. Details include front fender vents, an M-specific front fascia quad exhaust outlets, and staggered-width 17″ Style 40 wheels. The wheels come dressed in Kumho Ecsta tires driven less than 200 miles. The seller adds that the front bumper corner markers, plate holder, and rear wiper have been removed, and some paint cracking is noted near the antennae along with minor paint imperfections throughout. Detailed images are provided in the gallery along with a CARFAX report showing damage in 2007 which the seller states to have been cosmetic damage that has since been repaired.
The cabin is appointed with full black Nappa leather upholstery extending to the upper door panels and center console. Factory features include a leather-wrapped M-Sport steering wheel with M tri-color stitching, heated and power-adjustable bolstered sport seats, M-branded door sills guards, and chrome trim pieces. Amenities include power windows and locks, a glass sunroof, automatic climate control, and a Harman Kardon audio system. The seller adds that the shifter has been rebuilt, a new weighted ZHP shift knob has been installed, and new OEM floor mats have been fitted.
The 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine sends power to the rear wheels through a ZF 5-speed manual transaxle with a factory-equipped limited-slip differential. Modifications include a Bimmerworld CSL airbox with map sensor conversion, aftermarket catless headers with Eisenman Mufflers (no CEL), Ground Control coilovers with H&R sway bars, stainless steel brake lines, a lightweight flywheel, a Mishimoto radiator with dual automatic electric fans, a Garagistic rear camber and toe kit, Weichers Sport strut tower brace painted wrinkle black, OEM fender magnets, Z8 strut tower dust caps retrofitted in the trunk to accommodate taller rear shocks, and a Kassel Performance dyno tune which made 295 WHP on their Mustang dyno. The CARFAX report shows extensive maintenance history and the seller reports the rod bearings have not been serviced although the following items have already been carried out:
This sale will include a clean title.