Available for auction is this 2002 BMW E36/8 M Coupe finished in Alpine White over two-tone black and Grey Nappa leather. Produced from 1998 through 2002. the E36/8 M Coupe or “clown shoe” as it’s known amongst enthusiasts 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. This 2002 example was originally delivered by Brian Harris BMW of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and remained with its original owner in Ohio for nearly 17 years before it was sold to its second owner in Arizona in 2019. It was sold again in 2021 to its third owner out of Oregon before finally being acquired by Enthusiast Auto Group. Under the care of the seller, the car is said to have been inspected and serviced with a VANOS inspection, valve adjustment, brake fluid and cooling system flush, DME software update, and more. It is now being offered for auction by one the foremost retailers of classic BMWs in the U.S. while showing just under 8k miles on the odometer.
The M Coupe was designed with the goal of increasing the torsional and structural rigidity to the Z3 roadster's chassis, and as such, all body panels from the A-pillars forward are shared between the two models. This example is finished in Alpine White III (Alpinweiss III, 300), with paint protection film covering the full front end, side mirrors, rear quarter panels, lower rockers, and windshield. Details include front fender vents, an M-specific front fascia, a rear window wiper, quad exhaust outlets, and a set of staggered-width 17″ Style 40 wheels. The wheels come dressed in a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires from 2018.
The cabin features a pair of manually-adjustable heated sport seats upholstered in Grey Nappa leather (Q6TT) with black inserts. The door panels are upholstered in a matching Grey and black color scheme and the floors are lined with black carpeting. Amenities include a leather-wrapped M-sport steering wheel, shifter boot, and handbrake handle and boot, a Harmon Kardon sound system with an in-dash CD43 Business Class CD Player, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cruise control, and a power sunroof. The seller notes that the cabin remains exceptionally well preserved and confirms that all gauges, electronics, and accessories remain functional.
Power comes from a naturally aspirated S54 3.2L inline six-cylinder engine, which produced up to 315 HP and 251 lb-ft of torque when new. The rear wheels are driven by way of a ZF 5-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. The suspension of the M Coupe consists of a MacPherson strut front setup and the semi-trailing arm rear setup found in the E30 3-series. Stopping power is provided by E36 M3 sourced four-wheel vented discs. The CARFAX includes 20 service history entries dating back as far as 2002, and the seller notes that annual oil and filter services have been carried out by BMW dealers. In 2019, the engine coolant, transmission, differential, and brake fluids were flushed, and a VANOS inspection was carried out along with a valve adjustment, DME software update, and replacement vehicle battery and DSC brake pressure sensors. The seller adds that this example was not included in the S54 rod bearing service action, and that the rear sub-frame, differential mount, and rear body structure have been fully inspected with no concerns found.
This sale will include the owner’s literature, the original window sticker, and a clean title.
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This one has the proper engine. I had the soft top 240hp. This one is a different animal. Stiffer and powerful. The real thing.
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Had the same car as a Roadster. This is by far the better car. The roadster never felt planted and I never warmed up to the vagary of the rear end. Gone after a year. Looks wise this is an icon. GLWA.
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@etherwiggles We appreciate you sharing this information! This is an incredible example, factory original, in stock condition. We don't come across S54 Z3 M Coupes of this caliber very often. This is one of the nicest examples we have sourced in the last 20+ years' focus on Z3 M's.
I've run Carfaxes on every single Alpine White S54 M Coupe, and this is the lowest mileage example outside of the final coupe built (LK61339) which is in the collection at Spartanburg.
The next lowest mile AW S54 Coupes have 15485 miles in 2019 in Ashland, OR (black interior) and 17940 miles in 2020 in Culver City, CA (imola interior)
@BoostProjects Thank you for your question. No, we have not performed any dry ice blasting to the undercarriage of this M Coupe. It is all original from the factory. The condition is quite impressive!
Did you guys do any dry ice treatment to under carriage?
Thank you for all the interest and phone calls in this special M Coupe! We will be available all day for any last minute requests or questions. Please don't hesitate to reach out!
Wow this is beautiful, a true time capsule!!
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@95viper Thank you for your question. This M Coupe is owned by and will be sold through EAG. We are a licensed Ohio automobile dealership. As a national company, we perform most of our sales sight-unseen, out of state. We have a full-time logistics manager on staff and facilitate VIP door-to-door delivery. Please give us a ring or email for more details and a shipping quote.
Would this sale be considered a Private Party sale? I ask because taxes are exempt in AZ and maybe some other states so checking if that needs to be considered. Thank you.
EAG car, reserve has to be north of 100k. What a thing.
never was a fan of these, but this is the cleanest and right color and motor, should bring 100k plus easy
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Felt like I had to throw a bid in on this one for namesake
GLWA and stunning car
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